a sturdy leather boot reaching up over the knee, worn especially by soldiers.
Also called jackboot tactics. brutally bullying, militaristic, or authoritarian measures.
a person who uses such measures.

Nearby words

  1. jackass brig,
  2. jackass gunter,
  3. jackass penguin,
  4. jackass rig,
  5. jackatar,
  6. jackbooted,
  7. jackdaw,
  8. jacked,
  9. jackeen,
  10. jackelyn

Origin of jackboot

First recorded in 1680–90; jack1 + boot1

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British Dictionary definitions for jackboot



an all-leather military boot, extending up to or above the knee
  1. arbitrary, cruel, and authoritarian rule or behaviour
  2. (as modifier)jackboot tactics
Derived Formsjackbooted, adjective

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Word Origin and History for jackboot



also jack-boot, 1680s, type of large, strong cavalry boot of 17c.-18c., later a type worn by German military and para-military units in the Nazi period. From jack (n.), though the exact sense here is unclear + boot (n.1). Figurative of military oppression since 1768. Related: Jackbooted.

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