- 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 hoofed animal, especially one of a herd.
- Informal. the human foot.
- Slang. to walk (often followed by it): Let's hoof it to the supermarket.
- Slang. to dance, especially to tap-dance: He's been hoofing at the Palladium.
- on the hoof, (of livestock) not butchered; live: The city youngsters were seeing lambs on the hoof for the first time.
Origin of hoof
Examples from the Web for hoof
What about the elevators—will I have to hoof it up nine flights to get home?The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply
October 30, 2012
By horseback and hoof, Twain takes us from the Mormon Theocracy of Utah to the wide-open craziness in the Sierra mining fields.Book Bag: Timothy Egan’s Five Favorite Travel Books
October 23, 2012
No one I have ever met or witnessed spoke better on the hoof.Christopher Hitchens Is Hailed by Stephen Fry as a Man of Style and Wit
December 17, 2011
"Spoils the hoof to put the knife on the sole, Buck," said the smith.Way of the Lawless
Some of ye fellows is pretty careless wit' hoof grease, I'm thinkin'.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He had got for himself a hoof and part of the shin-bone, to which quite a bit of meat was attached.White Fang
His horns are thick, short, and black; and his hoof is also black.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
And the knock was produced by Mukhorty, who had twice struck the sledge with his hoof.Master and Man
- the horny covering of the end of the foot in the horse, deer, and all other ungulate mammals
- (in combination)a hoofbeat Related adjective: ungular
- the foot of an ungulate mammal
- a hoofed animal
- facetious a person's foot
- on the hoof
- (of livestock) alive
- in an impromptu mannerhe did his thinking on the hoof
- (tr) to kick or trample with the hoofs
- hoof it slang
- to walk
- to dance
Word Origin and History for 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.