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  • n. An obese or otherwise swollen ankle that blends into the calf without clear demarcation.


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Blend of calf and ankle


  • There were a nice pair pf pewter-y flats with a little criss-cross ankle strap, but the strap wasn't looking so good, now that I'm in cankle-world, so I left those behind for someone less swollen than I.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • The word cankle entered the pop-culture lexicon around the time actor Jason Alexander's character in the 2001 movie "Shallow Hal" used the expression.

    For the Body-Conscious,

  • But maybe the nastiness and "cankle" talk represents its own kind of progress


  • For those of you bird-boned creatures who do not know what a cankle is, it is the body part just below the calf and just above the ankle, that on some people is especially...big.

    Penny Love Hoff: Cankles: The New Muffin Top?

  • So, as I scan through these twenty two points of purist commentary on form, I feel like I am reading a transcript of a couple of old men in a strip joint, fresh out of dollar bills, making ever more arbitrary aesthetic distinctions as they struggle to determine that evanescent point at which a strong ankle becomes a cankle.

    Pavel Somov, Ph.D.: Car Porn

  • This doctor says ankle liposuction can help out the cankle-afflicted.

    Leslie Goldman: July is Cankle Awareness Month

  • I wonder how many days your former girlfriend, the cankle princess, has left.

    "During these first 100 days, what has ... enchanted you the most?

  • Somewhat unsurprisingly, my visit to both the Spanx and Eurotard websites confirmed that neither produces an undergarment intended to attractively shape and smooth the cankle.


  • This summer, the popularity of gladiator-style sandals and cropped leggings has only added to the collective cankle anxiety.

    For the Body-Conscious,

  • Although the metallic straps on gladiators like these from Alexander McQueen lend an of-the-moment superhero vibe, I think I'll avoid the cankle look for now and stick with watching Spider-Man movies.

    Meredith Barnett: To Plod or To Totter


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