the hollow under the at the shoulder; axilla.
Contemporary Examples

Or a select few can boost their grades by braiding their armpit hair and fighting the patriarchy.
Meet the Professor of Hairy Studies Lizzie Crocker July 8, 2014

Bryant was famous for standing with his arms crossed, and a bullet had struck his armpit and pierced his chest.
Alphonza Bryant, the Slain Bronx Teen Who Did Everything Right Michael Daly May 1, 2013

Nonna, who at full height came up to my armpit, brushed by me carrying an enormous pot of water.
A Young Chef Travels to Calabria, Italy, and Learns the Old Ways of Cooking Curtis Stone November 27, 2013

It will go down as the only movie ever, probably, that features Josh Brolin furiously licking your armpit.
Patricia Arquette Uncut: Drunken Mischief with Johnny Depp, ‘True Romance’ Crush, and ‘Boyhood’ Marlow Stern July 15, 2014

Dropping my head low, ostrich style, was more likely to lead to a closer sniff of an armpit than to a clearer view of a work.
Our ‘Crush’ on McQueen Blake Gopnik August 2, 2011

Historical Examples

At intervals she took Hattie’s temperature, placing the clinical thermometer in the armpit.
A Man’s Woman Frank Norris

It is evident that the apex has descended and is turned toward the armpit.
Doctor Pascal Emile Zola

He kicked out, his foot catching Scotty under the armpit, breaking his hold.
The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin

The witness resisted, but the sleeves were drawn up to the armpit.
The Shadow of a Crime Hall Caine

That is a Frenchified word from the Arabic, meaning “armpit,” because this star marks the right shoulder of Orion.
Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers

the small depression beneath the arm where it joins the shoulder Technical name axilla, related adjective axillary
(slang) an extremely unpleasant place: the armpit of the Mediterranean

mid-14c., from arm (n.1) + pit (n.1). Arm-hole (early 14c.) was used in this sense but was obsolete by 18c. Colloquial armpit of the nation for any locale regarded as ugly and disgusting was in use by 1965.

armpit arm·pit (ärm’pĭt’)
The hollow under the upper part of the arm below the shoulder joint, bounded by the pectoralis major, the latissimus dorsi, the anterior serratus muscles, and the humerus, and containing the axillary artery and vein, the infraclavicular part of the brachial plexus, lymph nodes and vessels, and areolar tissue. Also called axilla, axillary fossa.


A very undesirable place; geographical nadir; the pits; asshole: My home town is the armpit of the universe

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