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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 hoofed animal, especially one of a herd.
4.
Informal. the human foot.
verb (used with object)
5.
Slang. to walk (often followed by it):
Let's hoof it to the supermarket.
verb (used without object)
6.
Slang. to dance, especially to tap-dance:
He's been hoofing at the Palladium.
Idioms, plural hoof.
7.
on the hoof, (of livestock) not butchered; live:
The city youngsters were seeing lambs on the hoof for the first time.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English hōf; cognate with Old Frisian hōf, Dutch hoef, German Huf, Old Norse hōfr; compare Sanskrit śaphas
Related forms
hoofiness, noun
hoofless, adjective
hooflike, adjective
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Examples from the web for hoof
  • It's called heli-hiking, and once you try it, you'll never hoof it uphill for a view again.
  • They could hoof, but he was also pulled up and did wonderful things with his hands.
  • If your attacker has a knife, hoof it and don't look back.
  • They are relatives of goats, and have balance-aiding split hooves and rough hoof bottoms for natural grip.
  • In off-hours, they hoof it to favorite relaxation spots.
  • First a hoof, then the horse's mane, then its harness.
  • Tip: when you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.
  • During the final leg of the run, the horse breaks his hoof and is then promptly euthanized on the track.
  • The night before, sitting by our campfire, we'd heard distant hoof beats rumbling across the savanna.
  • Sparrows flitted in the grain bins, and from the darkened stalls came the occasional snort or hoof-stomp on dungy hay.
British Dictionary definitions for hoof

hoof

/huːf/
noun (pl) hooves (huːvz), hoofs
1.
  1. the horny covering of the end of the foot in the horse, deer, and all other ungulate mammals
  2. (in combination): a hoofbeat, related adjective ungular
2.
the foot of an ungulate mammal
3.
a hoofed animal
4.
(facetious) a person's foot
5.
on the hoof
  1. (of livestock) alive
  2. in an impromptu manner: he did his thinking on the hoof
verb
6.
(transitive) to kick or trample with the hoofs
7.
(slang) hoof it
  1. to walk
  2. to dance
Derived Forms
hoofless, adjective
hooflike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hōf; related to Old Norse hōfr, Old High German huof (German Huf), Sanskrit saphás
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Word Origin and History for hoof
n.

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).

v.

"to walk" (hoof it), first attested 1640s, from hoof (n.); slang meaning "to dance" is 1920, American English (implied in hoofer). Related: Hoofed; hoofing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hoof

hoof

noun

A foot: Take your goddam hoof the hell off my fender (1598+)

verb
  1. To walk; hoof it: I better hoof over to the garage (1888+)
  2. To dance: She's hoofing in that show about cats (1921+)
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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hoof in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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