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Webster 1913 Edition


Hangnail

Hang′nailˊ

(-nālˊ)
,
Noun.
[A corruption of
agnail
.]
A small piece or sliver of skin which hangs loose, near the root of a finger nail.
Holloway.

Definition 2022


hangnail

hangnail

English

hangnail (at top) at edge of thumbnail

Noun

hangnail (plural hangnails)

  1. A loose, narrow strip of nail tissue protruding from the side edge and anchored near the base of a fingernail or toenail.
  2. A pointed upper corner of the toenail (often created by improperly trimming by rounding the corner) that, as the nail grows, presses into the flesh or protrudes so that it may catch (“hang”) on stockings or shoes.

Usage notes

The modern sense of “sharp corner of nail” appears in promotional podiatry literature.

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