Idioms

Origin of heel

1
before 850; Middle English; Old English hēl(a); cognate with Dutch hiel, Old Norse hǣll. See hock1

Related forms

heel·less, adjective

Can be confused

heal heel he'll

Definition for heel (2 of 3)

heel

2
[ heel ]
/ hil /

verb (used without object)

to incline to one side; cant; tilt: The ship heeled in going about.

verb (used with object)

to cause to lean or cant.

noun

a heeling movement; a cant.

Origin of heel

2
1565–75; variant of earlier heeld, Middle English helden, Old English hieldan to lean, slope; akin to Old English heald, Old Norse hallr sloping

Definition for heel (3 of 3)

heel

3
[ heel ]
/ hil /

noun

a contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person: We all feel like heels for ducking out on you like this.

Origin of heel

3
1910–15, Americanism; perhaps a euphemistic shortening of shit-heel
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British Dictionary definitions for heel (1 of 2)

heel

1
/ (hiːl) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

heelless, adjective

Word Origin for heel

Old English hēla; related to Old Norse hǣll, Old Frisian hêl

British Dictionary definitions for heel (2 of 2)

heel

2
/ (hiːl) /

verb

(of a vessel) to lean over; list

noun

inclined position from the verticalthe boat is at ten degrees of heel

Word Origin for heel

Old English hieldan; related to Old Norse hallr inclined, Old High German helden to bow
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Medicine definitions for heel

heel

[ hēl ]

n.

The rounded posterior portion of the foot under and behind the ankle.
A similar anatomical part, such as the rounded base of the palm.
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Idioms and Phrases with heel

heel


see Achilles' heel; at someone's heels; bring to heel; cool one's heels; dig in (one's heels); drag one's feet (heels); head over heels; kick up one's heels; on the heels of; out at the elbows (heels); set back on one's heels; show one's heels; take to one's heels; to heel; turn on one's heel.

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