m (-es/-as) corn, agnail or angnail, a whitlow, a sore under the nail

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  • angnæᵹl — angnæᵹl, nale, naylle obs. ff. agnail …   Useful english dictionary

  • hangnail — noun Etymology: by folk etymology from agnail inflammation about the nail, from Middle English, corn on the foot or toe, from Old English angnægl, from ang (akin to enge tight, painful) + nægl nail more at anger Date: 1678 a bit of skin hanging… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Folk etymology — This article is about a technical term in linguistics. For incorrect popular etymologies, see false etymology. Folk etymology is change in a word or phrase over time resulting from the replacement of an unfamiliar form by a more familiar… …   Wikipedia

  • Hangnail — A hangnail or agnail is a small, torn piece of skin near a fingernail or toenail. Unlike whitlows, hangnails are usually caused by dry skin or (in the case of fingernails) nail biting, and may be prevented with proper moisturization of the… …   Wikipedia

  • hangnail — hang•nail [[t]ˈhæŋˌneɪl[/t]] n. pat a small piece of partly detached skin at the side or base of the fingernail • Etymology: 1300–50; ME angenayle corn, OE angnægl=ang+nægl callus, nail; modern h by assoc. with hang …   From formal English to slang

  • hangnail — /ˈhæŋneɪl/ (say hangnayl) noun a small piece of partly detached skin at the side or base of the fingernail. Also, agnail. {aspirated variant of angnail, Old English angnægl, altered by association with hang} …   Australian English dictionary

  • agnail — [ag′nāl΄] n. [ME angnail < OE angnægl, a corn (on the toe or foot) < ange, pain (akin to ANGER) + nægl, nail (metal): orig. in reference to the nail head appearance of the excrescence] 1. a sore or swelling around a fingernail or toenail 2 …   English World dictionary

  • ag|nail — «AG NAYL», noun. 1. a hangnail. 2. a whitlow. ╂[Old English angnægl corn (on the toe) < ang tight, painful + nægl nail] …   Useful english dictionary

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