- having hoofs; ungulate.
Origin of hoofed
- 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.
- Slang. to walk (often followed by it): Let's hoof it to the supermarket.
- Slang. to dance, especially to tap-dance: He's been hoofing at the Palladium.
- on the hoof, (of livestock) not butchered; live: The city youngsters were seeing lambs on the hoof for the first time.
Origin of hoof
Related Words for hoofedtrot, tread, dance, skip, tiptoe, stride, walk, trample, squash, tramp, explore, stroll, canter, pound, march, gallop, step, traipse, troop, patrol
Examples from the Web for hoofed
Historical Examples of hoofed
In all the hoofed mammals of this period the zygapophyses are flat.Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)
George John Romanes
But beyond the Mandans they hoofed it, or poled and paddled and pulled.The Young Alaskans on the Missouri
Animals are hoofed or unguled of their hoofs; and langued of their tongues.The Handbook to English Heraldry
It is either the least—the smallest—or near the smallest of our hoofed wild animals.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
We'll say I've hoofed it all day, making about fifteen miles.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World
Clifton R. Wooldridge
- having a hoof or hoofs
- (in combination)four-hoofed; cloven-hoofed
- 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
- the foot of an ungulate mammal
- a hoofed animal
- facetious a person's foot
- on the hoof
- (of livestock) alive
- in an impromptu mannerhe did his thinking on the hoof
- (tr) to kick or trample with the hoofs
- hoof it slang
- 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.