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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

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Contributor: Matt Errey