Definition of armpit in English:

armpit

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘Doctors ask about symptoms and examine for swelling of the liver, spleen, and lymph glands in the armpits, groin and neck.’
    • ‘Sometimes your eyelashes, eyebrows, armpit, pubic and other body hair also falls out.’
    • ‘Sometimes it can be found in your armpit, above your collarbone or down as far as your abdomen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rash is greasy and affects the scalp, face, armpits, groin and skin below the breasts.’
    • ‘Breast cancer treatment often involves the removal of lymph nodes in the armpit.’
    • ‘The most common sign of food allergy is inflamed, itchy skin, usually around a pet's feet, face, ears, armpits, and groin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The smell is made by the bacteria that feed on this sweat, which comes from the apocrine glands in the armpits and groin area.’
    • ‘Often the lymph glands in the armpit are removed at the same time.’
    • ‘Some individuals also may have weakness in one arm or leg if tumors grow in nerves in the armpit or groin.’
    • ‘Hair that's not in your armpits or pubic area should be very fine, even if it's darker.’
    • ‘Moles can be present in more obscure locations as well - including on your scalp, under your nails, in your armpits and around your genitals.’
    • ‘It is most commonly found in the armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These may be scattered all over the skin, but occur most frequently in the armpits, groins and thighs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Young children usually get the rash on their hands, feet, armpits, and sometimes their scalp and face.’
    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. [washingtonpost.com]’
      • ‘Your dismal little country in the armpit of Nowhere.’

Phrases

  • up to one's armpits

    • Deeply involved in a particular unpleasant situation or enterprise.

      ‘the country is up to its armpits in drug trafficking’
      • ‘The poor techies up in Glasgow are up to their armpits in snow, many of them unable to get into work, and I felt it would be callous of me to sit gazing out on my sunny landscape while complaining into the phone.’
      • ‘While its usually true that were up to our armpits in new music, there are only a few labels that really make us fight over a new package of material.’
      • ‘Every Monday since our sophomore year (Mac's freshman year), we would go to the mall to spend, eat, or walk away our troubles, but since our teachers had so kindly been piling us with homework up to our armpits, we'd been missing a few days.’
      • ‘And then Thomas and I would both be up to our armpits in grease for the next few months.’
      • ‘Gordon Hayes, co-owner of a Fort McMurray-based computer business was up to his armpits in disabled systems riddled with the LovSan or Blaster virus.’
      • ‘‘We were up to our armpits in that red stuff,’ Sarver recalled recently.’
      • ‘I'm up to my armpits in constituency work, but 30,000 hits from the public on the parliament's website over chronic pain haunts me.’
      • ‘Karen wore the shortest and hottest, hot pants of the evening, while Pat Dixon was overheard muttering that in the swinging '70s she was up to her armpits in children.’
      • ‘In other ‘why me’ news: This week I've mostly up to my armpits in errant IP addresses.’

Pronunciation

armpit

/ˈärmˌpit//ˈɑrmˌpɪt/