Nearby words

  1. heedful,
  2. heedfully,
  3. heedless,
  4. heedlessly,
  5. heehaw,
  6. heel bar,
  7. heel bone,
  8. heel breast,
  9. heel fly,
  10. heel in

Idioms

Origin of heel

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

Related formsheel·less, adjective

Can be confusedheal heel he'll

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

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

heel

1
/ (hiːl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsheelless, adjective

Word Origin for heel

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

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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Word Origin and History for heel
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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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