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[snoh-shoo] /ˈsnoʊˌʃu/
a contrivance that may be attached to the foot to enable the wearer to walk on deep snow without sinking, especially a light, racket-shaped frame across which is stretched a network of rawhide.
Indian yellow (def 1).
verb (used without object), snowshoed, snowshoeing.
to walk or travel on snowshoes.
Origin of snowshoe
An Americanism dating back to 1655-65; snow + shoe
Related forms
snowshoer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snowshoe
Historical Examples
  • Just the same, I'd like to go to snowshoe Island and visit him.

  • And a snowshoe's the best help a man can have in the winter.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • And even then they did not know that Antler had invented the snowshoe.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Find a picture of a snowshoe, and tell how you think it was made.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • See if you can find out why the snowshoe keeps one from sinking in the snow.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • I made a number of snowshoe trips to see how sheep met this condition.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • The snowshoe rabbit has a new suit at the beginning of each winter.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Wrapping the snowshoe in this manner will at least double its life.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • Like the ache of a tooth came the first warning of snowshoe cramp in his legs.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • Black ash is also used, but is a poor wood for snowshoe frames.

    Woodcraft E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
British Dictionary definitions for snowshoe


a device to facilitate walking on snow, esp a racket-shaped frame with a network of thongs stretched across it
verb -shoes, -shoeing, -shoed
(intransitive) to walk or go using snowshoes
Derived Forms
snowshoer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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