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hooves

[hoo vz, hoovz] /hʊvz, huvz/
noun
1.
a plural of hoof.

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 hooves
  • The actions of their hooves and leg movement also moves blood.
  • Good swimmers, they also have bigger hooves than cattle and so don't get stuck in the mud.
  • The clop of their hooves sounds oddly bucolic against the throaty thrum of helicopters overhead.
  • They are relatives of goats, and have balance-aiding split hooves and rough hoof bottoms for natural grip.
  • Mountain goats have cloven hooves with two toes that spread wide to improve balance.
  • He used the strategy to prove that a trotting horse lifts all four hooves off the ground at some point in its stride.
  • Sometimes horses' hooves could be heard clattering in the cobbled stable yard at the rear of the house.
  • Until you reach a colossus, there is no music, leaving you alone with your thoughts and the sound of your horse's hooves.
  • The animals also share common details in their tongues, hooves and some skeletal features.
  • Their hooves left behind prints that would make small ponds.
British Dictionary definitions for hooves

hooves

/huːvz/
noun
1.
a plural of 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 hooves

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 hooves

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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hooves 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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