[hoo f, hoof] /hʊf, huf/
noun, plural hoofs or hooves for 1, 2, 4; hoof for 3.
the horny covering protecting the ends of the digits or encasing the foot in certain animals, as the ox and horse.
the entire foot of a horse, donkey, etc.
Older Use. a animal, especially one of a herd.
Informal. the human foot.
verb (used with object)
Slang. to walk (often followed by it):
Let’s hoof it to the supermarket.
verb (used without object)
Slang. to dance, especially to tap-dance:
He’s been hoofing at the Palladium.
Idioms, plural hoof.
on the hoof, (of livestock) not butchered; live:
The city youngsters were seeing lambs on the hoof for the first time.
noun (pl) hooves (huːvz), hoofs
the foot of an ungulate mammal
a hoofed animal
(facetious) a person’s foot
on the hoof
(transitive) to kick or trample with the hoofs
(slang) hoof it
Old English hof “hoof,” from Proto-Germanic *hofaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian hof, Old Norse hofr, Danish hov, Dutch hoef, German Huf “hof”), from PIE *kop- “to beat, strike” (cf. Sanskrit saphah “hoof”). For spelling, see hood (n.1).
“to walk” (hoof it), first attested 1640s, from hoof (n.); slang meaning “to dance” is 1920, American English (implied in hoofer). Related: Hoofed; hoofing.
A foot: Take your goddam hoof the hell off my fender (1598+)
shake a wicked calf
a cleft hoof as of neat cattle (Ex. 10:26; Ezek. 32:13); hence also of the horse, though not cloven (Isa. 5:28). The “parting of the hoof” is one of the distinctions between clean and unclean animals (Lev. 11:3; Deut. 14:7).
- Hoof-and-mouth disease
[hoo f-uh n-mouth, hoof-] /ˈhʊf ənˈmaʊθ, ˈhuf-/ noun 1. . hoof-and-mouth disease n. See foot-and-mouth disease.
[hoo f-beet, hoof-] /ˈhʊfˌbit, ˈhuf-/ noun 1. the sound made by an animal’s in walking, running, etc. n. also hoof-beat, 1821, from hoof (n.) + beat (n.).
[hoo f-bound, hoof-] /ˈhʊfˌbaʊnd, ˈhuf-/ adjective 1. (of horses and other hoofed animals) having the heels of the dry and contracted, causing lameness. /ˈhuːfˌbaʊnd/ adjective 1. (vet science) (of a horse) having dry contracted hooves, with resultant pain and lameness
[hoo ft, hooft] /hʊft, huft/ adjective 1. having ; ungulate. [hoo f, hoof] /hʊf, huf/ noun, plural hoofs or hooves for 1, 2, 4; hoof for 3. 1. the horny covering protecting the ends of the digits or encasing the foot in certain animals, as the ox and horse. 2. the entire foot of a […]