[ jak-boot ]
/ ˈdʒækˌbut /


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.


Origin of jackboot

First recorded in 1680–90; jack1 + boot1
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British Dictionary definitions for jackboot


/ (ˈdʒækˌbuːt) /


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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