noun, plural hoofs or hooves for 1, 2, 4; hoof for 3.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Idioms plural hoof.
Origin of hoof
Examples from the Web for hoof
Contemporary Examples of hoof
What about the elevators—will I have to hoof it up nine flights to get home?The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply
October 30, 2012
By horseback and hoof, Twain takes us from the Mormon Theocracy of Utah to the wide-open craziness in the Sierra mining fields.Book Bag: Timothy Egan’s Five Favorite Travel Books
October 23, 2012
No one I have ever met or witnessed spoke better on the hoof.Christopher Hitchens Is Hailed by Stephen Fry as a Man of Style and Wit
December 17, 2011
Historical Examples of hoof
"Spoils the hoof to put the knife on the sole, Buck," said the smith.Way of the Lawless
Some of ye fellows is pretty careless wit' hoof grease, I'm thinkin'.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He had got for himself a hoof and part of the shin-bone, to which quite a bit of meat was attached.White Fang
His horns are thick, short, and black; and his hoof is also black.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
And the knock was produced by Mukhorty, who had twice struck the sledge with his hoof.Master and Man
noun plural hooves (huːvz) or hoofs
- the horny covering of the end of the foot in the horse, deer, and all other ungulate mammals
- (in combination)a hoofbeat Related adjective: ungular
- (of livestock) alive
- in an impromptu mannerhe did his thinking on the hoof
- to walk
- to dance
Word Origin for hoof
Old English hof "hoof," from Proto-Germanic *hofaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian hof, Old Norse hofr, Danish hov, Dutch hoef, German Huf "hof"), from PIE *kop- "to beat, strike" (cf. Sanskrit saphah "hoof"). For spelling, see hood (n.1).
"to walk" (hoof it), first attested 1640s, from hoof (n.); slang meaning "to dance" is 1920, American English (implied in hoofer). Related: Hoofed; hoofing.