noun, plural hoofs or hooves for 1, 2, 4; hoof for 3.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- hoof it,
- hoof-and-mouth disease,
Idioms plural hoof.
Origin of hoof
Examples from the Web for 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|Kent Sepkowitz|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Timothy Egan|October 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Stephen Fry|December 17, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Is not the lamina of the claw comparable to the wall of the hoof?Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
And sure enough they were, for what Billie had seen was the hoof of one of them sticking through the roof.The Broncho Rider Boys with the Texas Rangers|Frank Fowler
To add to it, they hear a hoof striking on the stones outside—that of either horse or mule.The Lone Ranche|Captain Mayne Reid
The shoulder should slope slightly backward and the pastern joint, immediately above the hoof, slightly backward.A Guide for the Study of Animals|Worrallo Whitney
The mark of the Musk-ox's hoof, however, is a little narrower.Delineations of the Ox Tribe|George Vasey
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.