or plim·sol, plim·sole

[ plim-suh l, -sohl ]
/ ˈplɪm səl, -soʊl /

noun British.

a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe; sneaker.

Origin of plimsoll

First recorded in 1905–10; perhaps so called from fancied resemblance of the sole to a Plimsoll mark

Definition for plimsoll (2 of 2)

Plimsoll mark

noun Nautical.

Origin of Plimsoll mark

1880–85; named after Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98), English member of Parliament who brought about its adoption
Also called Plim·soll. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for plimsoll



/ (ˈplɪmsəl) /


British a light rubber-soled canvas shoe worn for various sportsAlso called: gym shoe, sandshoe

Word Origin for plimsoll

C20: so called because of the resemblance of the rubber sole to a Plimsoll line
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