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  1. a shoe or boot usually worn over another for protection in wet or cold weather, especially a waterproof outer shoe.
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Compare galosh.

Origin of overshoe

First recorded in 1570–80; over- + shoe
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Examples from the Web for overshoe

Historical Examples

  • My legs are stiff, and my legging has frozen fast 26 to my overshoe; I remember that.

    The Singing Mouse Stories

    Emerson Hough

  • Try a piece of overshoe, with a bone in it, for my beefsteak, likely.

  • I pick up every overshoe and know whose it is, but I can't find my own.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

  • I ran up the steps, my cap in one hand, her overshoe in the other.

  • Men can walk water who are willing to take a boat for an overshoe.

    Among the Forces

    Henry White Warren

British Dictionary definitions for overshoe


  1. a protective shoe worn over an ordinary shoe
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for overshoe


1829, from over- + shoe (n.). Related: Overshoes.

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