Definition of ankle-biter in US English:

ankle-biter

noun

North American, Australian, NZ
humorous
  • A child.

    ‘traveling overseas with an ankle-biter has its advantages’
    • ‘You can keep the ankle-biters satisfied with a kids' menu made up of perennial favourites such as chicken nuggets, fish fingers and sausages.’
    • ‘I figured you'd look like an ankle-biter like the rest of your form.’
    • ‘Anyone without a pack of little ankle-biters can switch off now - this one's for the parents and soon-to-be parents among you.’
    • ‘Even though three in four of these women are grandmothers, many of them must still be alert to ankle-biters around the house: 11 percent of this group live with children (either their own or someone else's).’
    • ‘When I was a little ankle-biter this would have warranted a ‘big deal!’’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the ankle-biter set are piling into school buses, gearing up for another year's worth of crammed classrooms and recess bullying.’
    youngster, young one, little one, boy, girl
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Pronunciation

ankle-biter

/ˈæŋkəlˌbaɪdər//ˈaNGkəlˌbīdər/