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



BrE BrE//rɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪst//
Body parts, Hands and nails
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  • the joint between the hand and the arm She's broken her wrist. He wore a copper bracelet on his wrist. See related entries: Body parts, Hands and nails
  • Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin, probably from the base of writhe.Extra examples ‘Is it serious?’ she asked, clasping the doctor’s wrist. A policeman snapped handcuffs around his wrists. He grabbed her wrist but she twisted it free. He slashed his wrists in a suicide attempt. He wears weights on his wrists when he goes running. I turned to leave but he clasped me by the wrist. She sent the ball flying over the net with a flick of the wrist. Strong fingers encircled her tiny wrists. The burglars bound the family’s wrists behind their backs. The secret of making the ball spin is in the wrist action.Idioms (informal) a warning or mild punishment
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