Meaning of ELBOW in English


I. ˈelˌbō noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, elnboga; akin to Old High German elinbogo elbow, Old Norse olbogi, ölnbogi, Middle Dutch ellenboge; all from a prehistoric Germanic compound whose constituents are akin to Old English eln ell and boga bow — more at ell , bow


a. : the joint between the human forearm and upper arm that supports the outer curve of the arm when bent

b. : a joint in the anterior limb of a vertebrate animal corresponding to the human elbow — see dog illustration

c. : the portion of the sleeve of a garment that encloses this joint ; especially : the portion that covers the outer bend when the arm is flexed

wearing a tattered coat with holes in the elbows

2. : something felt to resemble an elbow: as

a. : a sharp bend in a river or coast

north to south through the elbow of the Minnesota river — Meridel Le Sueur


(1) : a bend or projection (as in a wall or building)

her starboard quarter … hit with a solid thump against the elbow of the brick-faced canal side — C.S.Forester

(2) : crossette 1

c. archery : the part of the limb of a reflexed bow that bends sharply away from the string

d. : an angular pipe fitting : ell

3. : an arm of a chair

he sat leaning backward obliquely in an easy chair with his leg thrown over the elbow of it — Punch

- at one's elbow

- bend an elbow

- out at elbows

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to shove aside by jabbing with or as if with the elbow : press upon : push , jostle , nudge

they elbowed, punched, and insulted each other — Wirt Williams

little bazaars and shops elbowed one another for standing room — L.C.Douglas


a. : to make (one's way) by elbowing people

the boy elbowed his way through the crowd

b. : to force (one's way) forwardly and impudently

a habit of elbowing her way into the best social circles

intransitive verb

1. : to elbow one's way : push or jostle along

elbowing through the crowd — Robert Westerby

2. : to make an angle : turn

the passage elbowed and we were in an enormous cellar — Merle Considine

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.