noun, plural boots. British.
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)
- 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
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of boot2
Origin of boot3
Related Words for bootsfootwear, knock, shove, eject, expel, bounce, evict, reset, reboot, oxford, brogan, galoshes, waders, cut, fire, dismiss, terminate, chuck, sack
Examples from the Web for boots
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 19, 2014
Sometimes there would be caricatures in which his body was swallowed up by his boots.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
For the next hour, she verbally humiliated him while he licked her boots and feet until they were completely cleaned.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
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
“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
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of boots
Ben had drawn off his boots, and was firing them one after the other at the door.Brave and Bold
There he took the boots—they were terribly stained, he saw—and drew them on.Way of the Lawless
Evan, the last boy had his boots blacked, and a fresh paper collar on!Ester Ried Yet Speaking
In an English hotel, would the chef sit down to talk with boots?The Roof of France
Ah, the truthful glass betrayed the weak point in her armor—the boots.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
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.