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[ahrm-pit] /ˈɑrmˌpɪt/
the hollow under the arm at the shoulder; axilla.
Origin of armpit
1300-50; Middle English; see arm1, pit1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for armpit
  • Elastic armband gets a little ripe, snuggled up next to your armpit and all.
  • The sensor is worn under the armpit and measures subtle changes in basal body temperature which is indicative of ovulation.
  • He put something under one armpit and put the rest of the pile back in the mailbox.
  • He holds the flashlight in his armpit while his gnarled hands work through the keys of a hundred solemn locks in this huge church.
  • The thing that stopped his bodily movement was the vertical structure of that split rail fence impacting his armpit.
  • It's also approved for use to mitigate excessive armpit sweating.
  • For in-track skiing, the pole should reach to your armpit.
  • The condition results from the removal of lymph nodes and results in chronic swelling in the arm and armpit.
  • Lumpectomy is the removal of the tumor, often along with lymph nodes in the armpit.
  • Surgery to remove lymph nodes found in the armpit region.
British Dictionary definitions for armpit


the small depression beneath the arm where it joins the shoulder Technical name axilla, related adjective axillary
(slang) an extremely unpleasant place: the armpit of the Mediterranean
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Word Origin and History for armpit

mid-14c., from arm (n.1) + pit (n.1). Arm-hole (early 14c.) was used in this sense but was obsolete by 18c. Colloquial armpit of the nation for any locale regarded as ugly and disgusting was in use by 1965.

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armpit in Medicine

armpit arm·pit (ärm'pĭt')
The hollow under the upper part of the arm below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major, the latissimus dorsi, the anterior serratus muscles, and the humerus, and containing the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue. Also called axilla, axillary fossa.

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Slang definitions & phrases for armpit



A very undesirable place; geographical nadir; the pits; asshole: My home town is the armpit of the universe

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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