bootblack

[ boot-blak ]
/ ˈbutˌblæk /
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noun

a person who shines shoes and boots for a living.

Nearby words

  1. boot tree,
  2. boot up,
  3. boot-cut,
  4. boot-faced,
  5. boot-licker,
  6. booted,
  7. bootee,
  8. bootery,
  9. booth,
  10. booth, edwin

Origin of bootblack

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; boot1 + black

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British Dictionary definitions for bootblack

bootblack

/ (ˈbuːtˌblæk) /

noun

mainly US another word for shoeblack
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