or pan·tof·fle

[pan-tuh-fuh l, pan-tof-uh l, -toh-fuh l, -too-]


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

Nearby words

  1. pantihose,
  2. pantile,
  3. pantisocracy,
  4. panto,
  5. panto-,
  6. pantograph,
  7. pantographer,
  8. pantographic,
  9. pantology,
  10. pantomime

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. 2019

Examples 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.

    Diary of John Manningham|John Manningham

British Dictionary definitions for pantofle


pantoffle pantoufle (pænˈtuːfəl)


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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