Origin of booted
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)
Origin of boot1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of boot2
Related Words for bootedfootwear, knock, shove, eject, expel, bounce, evict, reset, reboot, oxford, brogan, galoshes, waders, cut, fire, dismiss, terminate, chuck, sack
Examples from the Web for booted
Contemporary Examples of booted
And what of those hundreds of thousands of Jews booted from Arab lands?Gaza, You're No Good For My Marriage
August 9, 2014
The group so extreme it got booted from al Qaeda controls huge swaths of territory.Iraq’s Terrorists Are Becoming a Full-Blown Army
Eli Lake, Jamie Dettmer, Nadette De Visser
June 11, 2014
Harry Hudson can pinpoint the exact minute he was booted out of the Garden of Eden.When Harry Met Cancer
April 10, 2014
If the cocker spaniel has to be booted out, then the cocker spaniel has to be booted out.Is Lupo Jealous of George?
January 14, 2014
Will Rachel gain admission to Fantasy Island (i.e., upper-crust Singapore) or be booted off, or flee in revulsion?Gatsby in Asia
June 29, 2013
Historical Examples of booted
He became an inexplicable creature; a breeched and booted Sphinx.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
A carriage with post-horses was ready at the Bank door, and Jerry was booted and equipped.A Tale of Two Cities
Booted and spurred, he scrambled into the hammock with undignified haste.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Would you have me return, to be booted off the range when they tell your father?Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
None the less, for what the man had said, he deserved to be booted down the club steps.The Paliser case
- (of birds) having an undivided tarsus covered with a horny sheath
- (of poultry) having a feathered tarsus
- 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.