Meaning of ELBOW in English


I. ˈel-ˌbō noun

Etymology: Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, from el- (akin to eln ell) + Old English boga bow — more at ell , bow

Date: before 12th century


a. : the joint of the human arm

b. : a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate

2. : something (as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow

- at one's elbow

- out at elbows

II. verb

Date: 1605

transitive verb


a. : to push with the elbow : jostle

b. : to shove aside by pushing with or as if with the elbow

people elbow ed each other to get a better view

2. : to force (as one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow

elbow ing our way through the crowd

elbow s her way into the best social circles

intransitive verb

1. : to advance by pushing with the elbow

2. : to make an angle : turn

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.