Shank - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ʃæŋk|  American pronunciation of the word shank
Brit.  |ʃæŋk|  British pronunciation of the word shank


- a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
- the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
- cylinder forming a long narrow part of something (syn: stem)
- cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head
- cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
- the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole (syn: waist)
- lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals (syn: cannon)
- a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball


- hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction

Extra examples

...slashed at the prison guard with a shank he had secretly made from a scrap of metal...

The first season the grapes shanked badly.

Shank him away!

Word forms

singular: shank
plural: shanks
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