By horseback and hoof, Twain takes us from the Mormon Theocracy of Utah to the wide-open craziness in the Sierra mining fields.
No one I have ever met or witnessed spoke better on the hoof.
What about the elevators—will I have to hoof it up nine flights to get home?
From my perception, then, of hoof or sound I apperceive cow.
"Spoils the hoof to put the knife on the sole, Buck," said the smith.
But, before entering upon it, it appears to us necessary to rapidly examine what the hoof contains (Fig. 95).
He had got for himself a hoof and part of the shin-bone, to which quite a bit of meat was attached.
But when they heard the hoof beats of Sir Launcelot's great horse, they ran outside to greet him.
His horns are thick, short, and black; and his hoof is also black.
A woman's hand, in a glove, must be about as thrilling to kiss as a mare's hoof.
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 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).