Elbow - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈelboʊ|  American pronunciation of the word elbow
Brit.  |ˈɛlbəʊ|  British pronunciation of the word elbow


- hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped (syn: cubitus)
- a sharp bend in a road or river
- a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
- the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint
- the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow


- push one's way with the elbows
- shove one's elbow into another person's ribs


He wore a tattered coat with holes in the elbows.

The actor's bodyguards rudely elbowed everyone out of the way.

Everyone was shoving and elbowing to get a good position.

She elbows her way into the best social circles.

He elbowed his way to the bar and ordered a beer.

She pushed through the crowd, elbowing people out of the way.

That rude man elbowed me aside and got on the bus ahead of me!

his coat had patches over the elbows

The two bones connect at the elbow.

He fell and cracked his elbow on the ice.

It's going to take some elbow grease to get this counter clean.

...with a little polish and a lot of elbow grease, I was able to make the old silver teapot shine again...

It's a small kitchen with very little elbow room.

...help me move the furniture so that we'll have enough elbow room to do some aerobics...

He had an ice pack on his sore elbow.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: elbow
he/she/it: elbows
present participle: elbowing
past tense: elbowed
past participle: elbowed
singular: elbow
plural: elbows
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