- a plural of hoof.
- 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 hooves
The hooves are sawn off, followed by the head, from which the tongue is removed.Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
Jamie McFadden reminds us of the classic Louis C.K. rant about "rats with hooves," also known as deer.Deer Are a Menace and We Shouldn't Feel Bad About Killing Them
March 29, 2013
But "hooves" is a better symbol for the context of the sentence.Why Do We Want Prices in Health Care?
February 27, 2013
At one stage he even sampled a local delicacy, cow foot soup, made from the hooves of cattle.Harry Parties in the Belize Night
March 3, 2012
He took it a step further by comparing women's high heels to the hooves of demons.Iran’s Hardline Fashion Police
June 24, 2011
The thudding of hooves became a mutter and then a rumble and then a growl.Pariah Planet
Pan crossed his legs and his hooves clashed, striking sparks.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
Then there came a low and muffled drumming, like the pounding of thousands of hooves.
Then she saw the book, knocked to one side by the unicorn's hooves.
Kate scrunched her hooves and got real balky, not likin' it a bit.Year of the Big Thaw
Marion Zimmer Bradley
- a plural of hoof
- 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 hooves
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.