Definition of armpit in English:



  • 1A hollow under the arm at the shoulder.

    Also called axilla
    • ‘There are higher concentrations of sweat glands in the armpits, hands, feet and forehead.’
    • ‘These may be scattered all over the skin, but occur most frequently in the armpits, groins and thighs.’
    • ‘Sometimes it can be found in your armpit, above your collarbone or down as far as your abdomen.’
    • ‘Young children usually get the rash on their hands, feet, armpits, and sometimes their scalp and face.’
    • ‘Lymph nodes, containing lymphatic fluid, are part of the immune system, and when swollen they feel like round bumps on your neck, armpits and groin.’
    • ‘Doctors ask about symptoms and examine for swelling of the liver, spleen, and lymph glands in the armpits, groin and neck.’
    • ‘If you notice a red spot close to the tick bite or develop a rash around your armpit, groin and thighs or a flu-like illness after being bitten, see your GP.’
    • ‘Hair that's not in your armpits or pubic area should be very fine, even if it's darker.’
    • ‘The symptoms of plague were swollen lymph nodes in the armpits and groin known as buboes, hence Bubonic Plague, and death followed within hours or a few days at the most.’
    • ‘Hyperhidrosis commonly affects the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, or the armpits, but in a small number of patients it occurs over the whole body surface.’
    • ‘The rash is greasy and affects the scalp, face, armpits, groin and skin below the breasts.’
    • ‘Some individuals also may have weakness in one arm or leg if tumors grow in nerves in the armpit or groin.’
    • ‘Sometimes your eyelashes, eyebrows, armpit, pubic and other body hair also falls out.’
    • ‘Breast cancer treatment often involves the removal of lymph nodes in the armpit.’
    • ‘It is most commonly found in the armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts.’
    • ‘The most common sign of food allergy is inflamed, itchy skin, usually around a pet's feet, face, ears, armpits, and groin.’
    • ‘Moles can be present in more obscure locations as well - including on your scalp, under your nails, in your armpits and around your genitals.’
    • ‘The smell is made by the bacteria that feed on this sweat, which comes from the apocrine glands in the armpits and groin area.’
    • ‘A child may also develop freckling in the folds of the skin of the armpit or groin or on other parts of the body where the skin creases.’
    • ‘Often the lymph glands in the armpit are removed at the same time.’
    1. 1.1North American informal A place regarded as extremely unpleasant:
      ‘they call the region the armpit of America’
      • ‘Humorist Gene Weingarten visits Battle Mountain, Nevada and describes how the "Armpit of America" grows on him. []’
      • ‘Your dismal little country in the armpit of Nowhere.’