or pan·tof·fle

[ pan-tuh-fuh l, pan-tof-uh l, -toh-fuh l, -too- ]
/ ˈpæn tə fəl, pænˈtɒf əl, -ˈtoʊ fəl, -ˈtu- /


a slipper.
a cork-soled patten covering the forepart of the foot, worn in the 16th century.


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Origin of pantofle

1485–95; earlier pantufle < Middle French pantoufle < Old Italian pantofola < Medieval Greek pantóphellos cork shoe, literally, all-cork. See panto-, phellogen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for pantofle

  • An harlot is like a pantofle or slipper at an inne, which is ready to serve for every foote that comes.

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British Dictionary definitions for pantofle


pantoffle pantoufle (pænˈtuːfəl)

/ (pænˈtɒfəl) /


archaic a kind of slipper

Word Origin for pantofle

C15: from French pantoufle, from Old Italian pantofola, perhaps from Medieval Greek pantophellos shoe made of cork, from panto- + phellos cork
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