Definition of shank noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃæŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃæŋk//
    Parts of animals
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  1. 1the straight narrow part between the two ends of a tool or an object the shank of a key
  2. 2the part of an animal’s or a person’s leg between the knee and ankle See related entries: Parts of animals
  3. 3 the top part of the leg of an animal, cooked and eaten braised lamb shanks
  4. Word OriginOld English sceanca, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch schenk ‘leg bone’ and High German Schenkel ‘thigh’.Idioms (British English, informal) walking, rather than travelling by car, bus, etc. synonym on foot ‘How did you get here?’ ‘Shanks’s pony!’
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