- a covering for the foot, similar to a sock, having a separate pouchlike stall for the large toe, worn especially in Japan, often with zoris.
Origin of tabi
1890–95; < Japanese, perhaps < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dānpí single-skin
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Examples from the Web for tabi
The population is divided into two clans—the Bule and the Tabi.Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific
From Tabi the distance to the ruins of Labna is some twelve miles.
I discarded boots and walked with my skirts up to my knees, bare legs and Japanese tabi, as did J—— and C——.A Journal from Japan</p>
Marie Carmichael Stopes
There is first put on a short stocking, or tabi, which reaches a little above the ankle and fastens in the back.Oriental Women</p>
Edward Bagby Pollard
Our walk lay for twelve long miles to the village of Tabi, where we had been told that food would be procurable.