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hoof

[ hoof, hoof ]
/ hʊf, huf /
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noun, plural hoofs or hooves [hoovz, hoovz] /hʊvz, huvz/ for 1, 2, 4; hoof for 3.

the horny covering protecting the ends of the digits or encasing the foot in certain animals, as the ox and horse.
the entire foot of a horse, donkey, etc.
Older Use. a hoofed animal, especially one of a herd.
Informal. the human foot.

verb (used with object)

Slang. to walk (often followed by it): Let's hoof it to the supermarket.

verb (used without object)

Slang. to dance, especially to tap-dance: He's been hoofing at the Palladium.

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Idioms for hoofplural hoof.

    on the hoof, (of livestock) not butchered; live: The city youngsters were seeing lambs on the hoof for the first time.

Origin of hoof

First recorded before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English hōf; cognate with Old Frisian hōf, Dutch hoef, German Huf, Old Norse hōfr; compare Sanskrit śaphas
hoof·i·ness, nounhoofless, adjectivehooflike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hoof

hoof
/ (huːf) /

noun plural hooves (huːvz) or hoofs

verb

(tr) to kick or trample with the hoofs
hoof it slang
  1. to walk
  2. to dance
hoofless, adjectivehooflike, adjective
Old English hōf; related to Old Norse hōfr, Old High German huof (German Huf), Sanskrit saphás
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