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



BrE BrE//ˈhæŋneɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæŋneɪl//
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a piece of skin near the bottom or at the side of your nail that is loose and sore Word Originlate 17th cent.: alteration of agnail ‘painful swelling around a nail’ (from Old English angnægl, denoting a corn on the toe), influenced by hang.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hangnail