noun, plural boots. British.
- boots and all,
- boots and saddles,
- bootstrap memory,
Origin of boots
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
- remedy; relief; help.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of boot2
Origin of boot3
Examples from the Web for boots
If anything demonstrates the power of comedy to make dictators quake in their boots, it is the events of the past few days.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes there would be caricatures in which his body was swallowed up by his boots.
For the next hour, she verbally humiliated him while he licked her boots and feet until they were completely cleaned.
He crumpled to the ground under a flurry of fists and boots, and as he recalls, no one around him tried to stop the attack.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA|Simran Jeet Singh|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The only disadvantage is contrary to President Obama, we definitely have ‘boots on the ground,’” the former Army officer said.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS|Dave Majumdar|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Englander carries his boots on the top of his carriageI have seen them in London.The Garden of Swords|Max Pemberton
Across the street he saw a window with a display of camping equipment, portable stoves, boots, rifles.It Could Be Anything|John Keith Laumer
Otherwise, if he had to change his boots during the daytime he put on another pair.The Eldest Son|Archibald Marshall
It was wiser to disguise himself as a humble country boy and gall his feet by carrying all his gold in his boots.English Travellers of the Renaissance|Clare Howard
Half of them had not even their boots on, but desperate grunts and scuffles sounded inside the dark sheds.Back o' the Moon|Oliver Onions
noun plural boots
- 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.