from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The hollow under the upper part of the arm at the shoulder.
  • noun Slang The most miserable or undesirable place in a particular area.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The hollow place or cavity under the shoulder; the axilla.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The hollow beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder; the axilla.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
  • noun Somewhere or something considered foul.

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

  • noun the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From arm +‎ pit.


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  • I have never liked this word.

    September 10, 2007

  • Yeah, it's an armpit of a word, isn't it? ;-)

    September 10, 2007

  • My college roommate and I used to associate the 50 states with different parts of the body. Michigan, of course, is a hand. Ohio is the armpit. I won't even mention what Florida is.

    September 10, 2007

  • What were the rest of them, then? I'm curious...

    September 10, 2007

  • Ohio? We always figured it was New Jersey.

    September 11, 2007