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[shoo-mey-ker] /ˈʃuˈmeɪ kər/
a person who makes or mends shoes.
Origin of shoemaker
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at shoe, maker
Related forms
shoemaking, noun


[shoo-mey-ker] /ˈʃuˌmeɪ kər/
William Lee ("Willie") 1931–2003, U.S. jockey. Unabridged
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  • The shoemaker also brought in one of the lost teams and part of the other.

  • Angelique had understood immediately, for the shoemaker had his shop there.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • She also ordered me buskins from the shoemaker employed by the Comdie.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I follow her there and find her talking to a young man, a shoemaker like myself.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The valet I had hired had entered the room with the shoemaker.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Nobody but a boof could have employed Reuben's tailor or his shoemaker.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • When we came out, we gave the shoemaker commander some money, and came away.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • "That what cured the shoemaker killed the tailor," said Jacobi.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
British Dictionary definitions for shoemaker


a person who makes or repairs shoes or boots
Derived Forms
shoemaking, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoemaker

late 14c. (mid-14c. as a surname), from shoe (n.) + maker.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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