- 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
Examples from the Web for hoofing
There he was, hoofing it down a dusty road on his way to a local church.Mel Gibson's Mandals
August 5, 2010
Trust Gladys for hoofing her out of it in double quick time, he remarked.The Angel of Pain
E. F. Benson
We shall be much happier ranching or hoofing it with the Lost Legion.John Brown
Captain R. W. Campbell
Weve got a good thirty miles of hoofing it down the trail before well be anywhere near a place we can get horses.
Weve done better than twenty miles of hoofing it along this trail since sunup.
Henry wasn't with the car, at that moment, but was hoofing it into Ash Fork from the hills, glad to have his scalp with him.Motor Matt's Mystery
Stanley R. Matthews
- 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 and History for hoofing
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.