the joint connecting the foot to the leg to sprain/break your ankle My ankles have swollen. We found ourselves ankle-deep in water (= the water came up to our ankles). ankle boots (= that cover the ankle) See related entries: Body parts Word Origin Old English ancleow, of Germanic origin; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old Norse; related to Dutch enkel and German Enkel, from an Indo-European root shared by the noun angle.Extra examples I had a broken ankle. She has long legs and slender ankles. We waded through the river, ankle deep in mud.