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waist

[ weyst ]SEE DEFINITION OF waist
  • nounpart of the torso between the ribs and hips
  • nounmiddle of body

Synonyms for waist

  • midriff
  • waistline
  • gut
  • middle
  • midsection
  • abdoment
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WAIST

His arm was about her waist, and hers rested on his shoulder.

Stand fast with the anchors in the waist, and be ready for a cast.

Johnny Rosenfeld still lay in his ward, inert from the waist down.

The Sikh wears his hair down to his waist; the Pathan shaves his head.

He slipped his hand from Maggie's and slowly put his arm round her waist.

So she ran and sat down behind her husband, clasping him round the waist.

There was no harm in a fellow putting his arm round a girl's waist.

I believe his waders fasten, not round his waist, but round his neck.

He took his arm away from Maggie's waist, and edged a little away from her.

I said, passing my arm round her waist and drawing her a little closer.

WORD ORIGIN

"middle part of the body," also "part of a garment fitted for the waist," late 14c., probably from Old English *wæst "growth," hence, "where the body grows," from Proto-Germanic *wahs-tu- (cf. Old English wæstm, Old Norse vaxtr, Swedish växt, Old High German wahst "growth, increase," Gothic wahstus "stature," Old English weaxan "to grow" see wax (v.)), from PIE *wegs-, extended form of root *aug- "to increase" (see augment). Meaning "portion of a garment that covers the waist" (but, due to fashion styles, often is above or below it) is from 1640s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WAIST

middle

nouncenter
  • core
  • deep
  • focus
  • halfway
  • halfway point
  • heart
  • inside
  • marrow
  • mean
  • media
  • midpoint
  • midriff
  • midsection
  • midst
  • thick
  • waist
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