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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for overshoe
Historical Examples
  • My legs are stiff, and my legging has frozen fast 26 to my overshoe; I remember that.

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

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • 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
  • Men can walk water who are willing to take a boat for an overshoe.

    Among the Forces

    Henry White Warren
  • A comedy in three acts, Betty called it—the losing of the cold-cream bottle and the finding of same in madam's overshoe.

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Jean broke up the crusted snow with the heel of her overshoe; then buried her feet in the powdery mound.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
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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