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
Related Words for hoofingtrot, tread, dance, skip, tiptoe, stride, walk, trample, squash, tramp, explore, stroll, canter, pound, march, gallop, step, traipse, troop, patrol
Examples from the Web for hoofing
Contemporary Examples of hoofing
There he was, hoofing it down a dusty road on his way to a local church.Mel Gibson's Mandals
August 5, 2010
Historical Examples of hoofing
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
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.