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Slang

ankle-biter

This page is about the slang term ankle-biter

American and Australian English

Meaning

a child

For example

  • Diana loves kids. She's always happy if there are lots of ankle-biters around.

  • Richard's such a big guy now that it's hard to imagine him when he was a little ankle-biter running around in short pants.

Variety

This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Cathy loves being around ankle-biters, so she'd be happy working as a

a. kindergarten teacher

b. underwater photographer

c. zoo-keeper

Slang of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey