[ boot-jak ]

  1. a yokelike device for catching the heel of a boot, as a riding boot, to aid in removing it.

  2. a notch or molding for the same purpose, cut into a piece of furniture.

Origin of bootjack

First recorded in 1835–45; boot1 + jack1

Words Nearby bootjack Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bootjack in a sentence

  • Mrs. Caukins started up stairs whence came sounds of an obstreperous bootjack.

    Flamsted quarries | Mary E. Waller
  • It seems that he bought a bootjack for three shillings; and the cost of countless other household items is as carefully set down.

  • Remembering the lesson of my friend with the bootjack below, I asked, "Is M. Hhhaoushheer at home?"

    The Sharper Detected and Exposed | Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
  • I put up at bootjack camp on the raging Willow River, where the gay-plumaged chipmunk and the spruce gum have their home.

    Remarks | Bill Nye
  • He could trace out lines of beauty in a gridiron, and detect the subtle charm that lurks in the bootjack.

    Round the Block | John Bell Bouton

British Dictionary definitions for bootjack


/ (ˈbuːtˌdʒæk) /

  1. a device that grips the heel of a boot to enable the foot to be withdrawn easily

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