out of joint

out of joint
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [out uhv, ov joint]
    • /aʊt ʌv, ɒv dʒɔɪnt/
    • /ˈaʊt əv dʒɔɪnt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [out uhv, ov joint]
    • /aʊt ʌv, ɒv dʒɔɪnt/

Definitions of out of joint words

  • noun out of joint the place at which two things, or separate parts of one thing, are joined or united, either rigidly or in such a way as to permit motion; juncture. 1
  • noun out of joint a connection between pieces of wood, metal, or the like, often reinforced with nails, screws, or glue. 1
  • noun out of joint Anatomy, Zoology. the movable or fixed place or part where two bones or elements of a skeleton join. the form or structure of such a part, as a ball-and-socket, hinge, pivot, etc. 1
  • noun out of joint Chiefly British. one of the large portions into which a section of meat is divided by a butcher, as the shoulder or leg, especially as served at a dining table. 1
  • noun out of joint Slang.. Also called jay2 . a marijuana cigarette. 1
  • noun out of joint Slang. a dirty, cheap, or disreputable place of public accommodation or entertainment, especially a restaurant or nightclub. a place or establishment, as a hotel, restaurant, etc.: We stayed in a very classy joint near the ocean. 1

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Origin of out of joint

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; 1900-05 for def 6; Middle English < Old French joint, jointe < Latin junctum, juncta, neuter and feminine of junctus (past participle of jungere “to join”), equivalent to jung- join + -tus past participle suffix

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out of joint popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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