Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

shank

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun shank pronunciation in American English /ʃæŋk/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularshank
pluralshanks
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the lower part of an animal's leg, or meat from an animal's leg
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of shank
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of shank
  2. 2
    [countable] the long thin straight part of an object such as a key or a tool
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of shank
  3. 3
    [countable] old-fashioned the part of your leg between your knee and your foot
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of shank

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog