from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hangnail.
  • n. A painful sore or swelling around a fingernail or toenail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A corn or sore on the toe or finger.
  • n. Torn skin near a toenail or fingernail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A corn on the toe or foot.
  • n. An inflammation or sore under or around the nail; also, a hangnail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A corn on the toe or toot.
  • n. A painful swelling or sore under or about the toe- or finger-nails; a whitlow.
  • n. A hangnail; a small piece of partly separated skin at the root of a nail or beside it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected


Middle English angnail, corn, from Old English angnægl : ang-, painful; see angh- in Indo-European roots + nægl, peg, nail; see nail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English agnail, from Old English angnægl. (Wiktionary)


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