Etymology
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shank (n.)

"leg of a human or animal," especially "the part of the leg from the knewe to the ankle," Old English sceanca "leg, shank, shinbone," specifically, the part of the leg from the knee to the ankle, from Proto-Germanic *skunkia- (source also of Middle Low German schenke, German schenkel "shank, leg"), perhaps literally "that which bends," from PIE root *skeng- "crooked" (source also of Old Norse skakkr "wry, distorted," Greek skazein "to limp").

From late 15c. as "straight part of a nail or pin." As "part of an instrument, tool, etc., which connects the acting part with the handle," from 1680s. The slang sense of "latter part or end of anything" is by 1828. Jocular shank's mare "one's own legs as a means of transportation" is attested from 1774 (as shanks-naig).

shank (v.)

in golf, "to strike (the ball) with the heel of the club," by 1927, from shank (n.). Related: Shanked; shanking. Earlier as "to take to one's legs" (1774, Scottish); "to send off without ceremony" (1816, also Scottish).

updated on August 04, 2022

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Definitions of shank from WordNet
1
shank (n.)
a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg;
shank (n.)
the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle;
shank (n.)
cylinder forming a long narrow part of something;
Synonyms: stem
shank (n.)
cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head;
shank (n.)
cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill;
shank (n.)
the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole;
Synonyms: waist
shank (n.)
lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals;
Synonyms: cannon
shank (n.)
a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball;
2
shank (v.)
hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction;
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