verb (used with object)
- to start (a computer) by loading and initializing the operating system (often followed by up).
- to start (a program) by loading the first few instructions, which will then bring in the rest (often followed by up).
verb (used without object)
- booster cable,
- booster dose,
- booster seat,
- boot boy,
- boot camp,
- boot hill,
- boot hook,
- boot money
- to die while actively engaged in one's work, profession, etc.
- to die fighting, especially in battle, or in some worthy cause.
Origin of boot1
- remedy; relief; help.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of boot2
Origin of boot3
Examples from the Web for boot
Season three was the strongest one the series has produced yet, to boot.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The rule is that every time a new writer enters the canon an old one has to get the boot.
He became as polarizing a figure as the war itself, court jester to Nixon and corporate shill to boot.
And he was less than a month from his third decade, to boot.
Acts of violence include death by hanging, rifle butt, boot heel, tank tracks and fireball.‘Fury’: A Ludicrous WWII Movie More Violent Than ‘Inglourious Basterds’|Nico Hines|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If I'm to keep dry on this concern, it strikes me I'd better get inside the boot at once!
"Hillary is inclined to talk—" began Lucas, but was silenced by a ferocious stamp of Frank's boot.The Prodigal Father|J. Storer Clouston
"The air is better than the mud," returned Hilda, holding up a boot, which had gathered part of the roadway to itself.Young Hilda at the Wars|Arthur Gleason
It is the custom on the coast to give all meals to travellers free, both men and dogs, and lodging to boot.A Labrador Doctor|Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
We let Albert-next-door be sub-editor, because he had hurt his foot with a nail in his boot that gathered.The Story of the Treasure Seekers|E. Nesbit
- to die while still active
- to die in battle
- to kick a person, esp when he or she is already down
- to harass someone or aggravate a problem
- to finish off (something) with unnecessary brutality
- (often foll by out) to eject forcibly
- to dismiss from employment
Word Origin for boot
verb (usually impersonal)
Word Origin for boot
footwear, early 14c., from Old French bote "boot" (12c.), with corresponding words in Provençal and Spanish, of unknown origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Originally for riding boots only. An old Dorsetshire word for "half-boots" was skilty-boots [Halliwell, Wright].
"profit, use," Old English bot "help, relief, advantage; atonement," literally "a making better," from Proto-Germanic *boto (see better (adj.)). Cf. German Buße "penance, atonement," Gothic botha "advantage." Now mostly in phrase to boot (Old English to bote).
"start up a computer," 1975, from bootstrap (v.), a 1958 derived verb from bootstrap (n.) in the computer sense.
"to kick," 1877, American English, from boot (n.1). Generalized sense of "eject, kick out" is from 1880. Related: Booted; booting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with boot
- boot out
- boot up
- die with one's boots on
- get the ax (boot)
- kick (boot) out
- lick someone's boots
- pull oneself up (by the bootstraps)
- quake in one's boots
- to boot
- too big for one's breeches (boots)
- you can bet your ass (boots)
Also see undershoe.