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Etymology

Middle English shanke, from Old English scanca

Pronunciation

Adjective

shank (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
shank

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Bad.

Noun

Singular
shank

Plural
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shank ({{{1}}})
  1. The lower part of the leg; shin.
  2. Meat from that part of an animal.
  3. A straight, narrow part of an object; shaft; stem.
  4. The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck.
  5. The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point.
  6. A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached.
  7. The metal part on a curb bit that falls below the mouthpiece of the bit, which length controls the severity of the leverage action of the bit, and to which the reins of the bridle are attached.
  8. (sports) A poorly played golf shot in which the ball is struck by the part of the club head that connects to the shaft. See thin,fat,toe.
  9. (slang) An improvised stabbing weapon.
  10. (slang) Bad.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to shank

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to shank (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (archaic) To travel on foot.
  2. (slang) To stab.

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