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[oh-ver-shoo] /ˈoʊ vərˌʃu/
a shoe or boot usually worn over another for protection in wet or cold weather, especially a waterproof outer shoe.
Compare galosh.
Origin of overshoe
First recorded in 1570-80; over- + shoe Unabridged
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  • The mitten and overshoe theory may seem to you but a sad sign of approaching age and debility—and so none of them for you.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • My legs are stiff, and my legging has frozen fast 26 to my overshoe; I remember that.

  • I pick up every overshoe and know whose it is, but I can't find my own.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • I ran up the steps, my cap in one hand, her overshoe in the other.

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
  • To make an overshoe, the rubber is run through rollers and formed into thick sheets for soles and thinner sheets for uppers.

    Makers of Many Things Eva March Tappan
  • A comedy in three acts, Betty called it—the losing of the cold-cream bottle and the finding of same in madam's overshoe.

  • But she really had stepped into the puddle at the door, and her left foot was wet up to the ankle and her overshoe full of water.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • One tied a ribbon, another put on an overshoe, another held a little foot while the slipper was being removed.

  • Try a piece of overshoe, with a bone in it, for my beefsteak, likely.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • Other places the thinner snow has departed and left behind it mud that seizes upon your overshoe with an "Oh, what's your rush?"

    Back Home Eugene Wood
British Dictionary definitions for overshoe


a protective shoe worn over an ordinary shoe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overshoe

1829, from over- + shoe (n.). Related: Overshoes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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