[hoo ft, hooft] /hʊft, huft/
having ; ungulate.
[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).
[hoo f-er, hoo-fer] /ˈhʊf ər, ˈhu fər/ noun, Slang. 1. a professional dancer, especially a tap dancer. /ˈhuːfə/ noun 1. (slang) a professional dancer, esp a tap-dancer noun A dancer, esp a professional dancer in nightclubs, musical plays, etc: The hoofers and the chorines of a cabaret (1921+)
noun, Furniture. 1. . [pee-ey-duh-beesh; French pyeyduh-beesh] /piˌeɪ dəˈbiʃ; French pyeɪdəˈbiʃ/ noun, plural pieds-de-biche [pee-eyz-duh-beesh; French pyeyduh-beesh] /piˌeɪz dəˈbiʃ; French pyeɪdəˈbiʃ/ (Show IPA). Furniture. 1. a termination to a leg, consisting of a slight outward curve ending in the semblance of a cloven hoof.
[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 horse, donkey, etc. 3. Older Use. a animal, especially one […]
- Hoof-in-mouth disease
noun phrase A tendency to speech before thought; the habit of opening one’s ”big fat mouth”: Among the most notable practitioners of hoofin-mouth disease in the past year [1960s+; fr put one’s foot in it with a pun on the hoof-and-mouth disease of farm animals, so designated by 1887]