Definition of waist in English:

waist

noun

  • 1The part of the human body below the ribs and above the hips.

    • ‘As we were driving through Calcutta, my friend pointed to a little shrine to a god embedded in a wall just below waist level.’
    • ‘To Peter's astonishment a familiar figure was wading ashore, a red and white lifebelt about his waist.’
    • ‘The goal of fencing is to touch your sword 15 times above your opponent's waist.’
    • ‘She made me bend my waist to the point where I thought my muscles would pull apart.’
    • ‘Bend at the waist, and as you stand, lift the bar to your waist.’
    • ‘The new tote carry strap is adjustable and can be worn over the shoulder or around the waist.’
    • ‘I waded gingerly in to waist height, fully expecting my wetsuit to dissolve.’
    • ‘Breathe out and draw in the stomach and the waist as if you're trying to get into a tight pair of jeans.’
    • ‘He was wearing a sweater that only made it half-way down from his neckline to his waist.’
    • ‘There are, of course, restrictions on contact that allow blocking only between the waist and shoulders.’
    • ‘For the belt, cut a length of ribbon long enough to go around the waist with a 4-inch overlap.’
    • ‘The popular lengths for jackets this fall are waist length, three-quarter length and trench coat length.’
    • ‘Let the waist, torso and arms follow naturally turning with the force produced by the legs.’
    • ‘He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a red waist-length jacket, navy blue jeans and black gloves.’
    • ‘He wrapped his arms around my waist and I turned back to smile at him.’
    • ‘So the boy let his father fix the rope around his waist, and instruct him in how to climb over the edge and find the rungs of the ladder.’
    • ‘Shift weight from one leg to the other while making a punching motion with the right hand, sweeping from waist to chin level.’
    • ‘Local anaesthetics numb the body from the waist down and allow the mother to stay awake, but free of pain, during the operation.’
    • ‘Bone biopsies are usually taken from the top of the pelvis bone, just below your waist.’
    • ‘The higher buttons will help divert people's attention from the area between your waist and chest.’
    1. 1.1 The circumference of this.
      ‘her waist is 28 inches’
      • ‘Abdominal fat cells happily inflate to accommodate more fuel, widening your waist inch by inch.’
      • ‘In five weeks he has lost 19 lb, his waist has shrunk by two inches and his blood pressure is down.’
      • ‘I'm not sure how I managed to gain 5 inches on my waist that fast.’
      • ‘By this means we are told that waists can be reduced, flat chests inflated, hips broadened and lungs strengthened, to say nothing of reducing weight.’
      • ‘How lovely to think that even those with 24-inch waists will be forced to cover them up from now on.’
      • ‘Wrapping yourself in seaweed to reduce the size of your waist is another con.’
      • ‘Ancient statues have been found of men and women with 10-inch (!) waists!’
      • ‘I have lost two inches in my waist through exercise and healthy eating, but that hasn't given me any curves.’
      • ‘We found no evidence of any effect on body mass index or waist:hip ratio.’
      • ‘According to a recent UK national sizing survey, women's waists have grown from around 27 inches to a meaty 34 inches since 1951.’
      • ‘I mean, yes, it's nice to now be two inches less around the waist, but…’
      • ‘Chef to the stars Juliano is the gourmet genius who has created a diet that he claims has taken years off Demi's appearance and inches off her waist.’
      • ‘The waist circumference thresholds are not reliable in patients with a BMI greater than 35.’
      • ‘My waist went down two inches, to 32, mostly from laying off potatoes - French and mashed.’
      • ‘Women with waists measuring 35 inches or greater are considered to be at elevated risk.’
      • ‘The costume in question is designed by corset designer Mr Pearl, who has forced his waist down to 18 inches by wearing corsets day and night.’
      • ‘His waist size is 36 inches and he has recently lost a stone and a half.’
      • ‘To this end we have recently had published the first waist circumference centile curves for British children and adolescents.’
      • ‘Imagine you completely mess up her measurements and overestimate her bust or waist?’
      • ‘It's guaranteed to help you lose two inches from your waist in just four weeks.’
    2. 1.2 A narrowing of the trunk of the body above the hips.
      ‘the last time you had a waist was around 1978’
      • ‘While you might not like the $300 price tag, generally European cuts are far more flattering to guys with narrow waists/shoulders.’
      • ‘The result is that the typical female form is almost straight, in contrast to the narrow waists and curves of the 1950s woman.’
      • ‘Her figure was not slim or round, but ideally in the middle, with an hourglass waist.’
      • ‘A tailor will also fit your shirts, which can help make your waist seem narrower and your shoulders broader.’
      • ‘He has one of those narrow, washboard waists that most of us can only dream about.’
      • ‘By the end of the century corsets produced the sinuous body shape of the Gibson girl, with a protruding bust and derrière, and small waist.’
      • ‘I plaited her hair so that it fell in one long rope of yellow to her narrow waist.’
      • ‘In connection to chaps, they are made with exceptional fit to emphasize the thighs and waists of women.’
      • ‘The fabric was printed with a simple design, and the full skirt accentuated her tiny waist.’
      • ‘Oh and it has also been pointed out to me that this shirt will only look good on people with super skinny waists like this model here.’
      • ‘Swimmers with this body type are more muscular, thick-chested with broad shoulders and a smaller waist.’
      • ‘A set-in waistband hints at a waist, while the flared hemline softens a boxy shape.’
      • ‘I once dated a girl who had a very boyish build - a thick waist and no hourglass shape at all.’
      • ‘Wide angular shoulders filled out his suit jacket, but it hung loosely to a narrow waist.’
      • ‘Angers is stood sideways, arms raised to emphasise his waist and ribcage.’
      • ‘But almost anyone who has tried to reclaim her waist can point to weeks or months when it doesn't seem to work that way.’
    3. 1.3 The part of a garment encircling or covering the waist.
      • ‘This particular form of tailoring is tight and tiny, cut with soft, rounded shoulders, open necklines and small waists which are sometimes belted.’
      • ‘Or try a pair of drawstring waist Capri pants that give the same effect.’
      • ‘For men, the geometry of jacket lapels, shoulder pads and waist tapering emphasize the strong upper body of a male.’
      • ‘Sara, having no pockets, stuck the paper into the waist of her sweat pants.’
      • ‘How I manage is buy things with either elastic waists or things that have overblouses.’
      • ‘He then shifted his weight from his left to right side allowing his black jacket to open to reveal a gun, tucked into the waist of his jeans.’
      • ‘Both are very slimming through the hips and the elastic waists are unnoticeable under a top.’
      • ‘Play up your figure with fitted tops, spaghetti-strap blouses and dresses, jackets with cinched waists and sleeveless tanks with round, high necklines.’
      • ‘Jennifer Garner was wearing a pair of khaki pants, pleated at the waist and tapered at the ankle.’
      • ‘If done in this manner, you can make one ‘side seam’ stitching from the cuff to the waist or to the hem of the garment.’
      • ‘Often featuring a snap front and drawstring waist, this jacket may be lined or unlined.’
      • ‘Flopped before the telly, we slowly expand to fill out the elasticated waist of our new training pants.’
      • ‘They looked fine, a bit on the big side perhaps, but they have an elasticated section in the waist and a draw-cord, so I reckoned it was worth a try.’
      • ‘It has two zippered side-entry pockets and high-quality ribbing at the waist and cuffs.’
      • ‘Even with her hair in a pony tail, its length fell just below the small of her back, just so the ends touched the hem on the waist of her jeans.’
      • ‘She had a small knife, a dagger, and a pistol tucked into her waist.’
      • ‘My jeans have an elastic waist and pockets on the side and larger ones below my knees.’
      • ‘Drawstring pants with elastic in the waist allow for a closer fit with added flexibility.’
      • ‘At that time, women also commonly wore a loose black gown with a gold stripe around the waist and at the hem.’
      • ‘Pin your creation on your shoulder, at the waist, on a hat or handbag, even on a cuff at the wrist.’
    4. 1.4 The point at which a garment is shaped so as to narrow between the rib cage and the hips.
      ‘a jacket with a high waist’
      • ‘Are customers trying to tell designers we've had enough of the low rise waist and want to cover it up?’
      • ‘The Pencil High waist, hugs hips and goes below the knees.’
      • ‘Guys especially like to see women in low waist pants paired with crop tops.’
      • ‘And for extra room in the seat, try jeans with a low waist, low pockets and a bit of a flare around the ankle.’
      • ‘Empire waist and princess seams gave the girls a soft silhouette.’
      • ‘It had an empire waist and lace accents on the sleeves and neckline.’
      • ‘She had chosen to wear a sage green dress with an empire waist.’
      • ‘Her dress is made of olive-colored cotton, with long sleeves and a high waist, and falls down to mid-calf.’
      • ‘Strapless or V-neck tops, corsets and kimonos with shaped waists fit the bill, while ruched or shirred details can also help create shape and a lean line.’
      • ‘From billowing skirts to empire waists, September "InStyle" has fashion covered.’
      • ‘It was designed along Grecian lines with a high empire waist, and silver lace trim.’
      • ‘The hip hop female look asks for low waist trendy jeans or skirts to bring attention to the hips and for tight tops to accentuate the chest.’
      • ‘She was wearing a pretty blue shirt with ruffled sleeves and a high waist with lace.’
      • ‘Her bodice was cut slightly off-the-shoulder with short puffed sleeves and a pointed waist.’
    5. 1.5US A blouse or bodice.
    6. 1.6 A narrow part in the middle of anything, such as a violin, an hourglass, the body of wasp, etc.
      • ‘Wellington, a long almond biscuit, rounded at each end with a narrower waist.’
      • ‘The flats currently used appear to be about 0.04 inch too narrow at the waist and 0.04 inch too long.’
    7. 1.7 The middle part of a ship, between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
      • ‘He stood nonchalantly next to the quarter-deck rail looking into the waist.’
      • ‘Kennedy entered the waist from below decks reaching his hand down the companion to assist her up the steep stairs!’
      • ‘Obediently he trundled off towards Red Diamond's waist, where the starboard watch was gathered.’
      • ‘She is 60 ft long and sleeps 10-four in the bow, four in the stern and two in the waist of the ship.’

Origin

Late Middle English: apparently representing an Old English word from the Germanic root of wax.

Pronunciation:

waist

/wāst/