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[bloo-ker, -cher]
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  1. a strong, leather half boot.
  2. a shoe having the vamp and tongue made of one piece and overlapped by the quarters, which lace across the instep.

Origin of blucher

First recorded in 1825–35; named after G. L. von Blücher
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Examples from the Web for bluchers

Historical Examples

  • He was altogether as roystering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four feet six, or something less, in his bluchers.

    Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3)

    Charles Dickens

  • Altogether he was as roystering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four feet six in his bluchers.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol III

    Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.

  • Perhaps some person or persons here may wonder why we should not send out side-springs and bluchers, as well as top-boots.

  • We have not noticed so many highlows as Bluchers upon the understandings of the promenaders of Broad-street.

British Dictionary definitions for bluchers


  1. obsolete a high shoe with laces over the tongue

Word Origin

C19: named after Field Marshal Blücher


  1. Gebhard Leberecht von (ˈɡɛphart ˈleːbərɛçt fɔn). 1742–1819, Prussian field marshal, who commanded the Prussian army against Napoleon at Waterloo (1815)
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Word Origin and History for bluchers



type of old-style boots, from Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht Blücher (1742-1819).

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