or plim·sol, plim·sole
- a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe; sneaker.
Origin of plimsoll
Origin of Plimsoll mark
Examples from the Web for plimsoll
Contemporary Examples of plimsoll
Three types of footwear -- including a brogue, a plimsoll, and an evening slipper -- established the basis for Katrantzou's theme.Queen of Prints, Mary Katrantzou
September 16, 2013
Historical Examples of plimsoll
Plimsoll'll use some of them to swear that he grubstaked Casey.
Thoughts of Plimsoll and his revenges did not bother Sandy's head.
Sandy's voice came to Plimsoll across a gulf that could never be bridged.
It lay alone, and few visited it save Plimsoll's own associates.
The favor I want of you is to tip me off if Plimsoll appears about to leave the country.
- British a light rubber-soled canvas shoe worn for various sportsAlso called: gym shoe, sandshoe
Word Origin for plimsoll
"mark on the hull of a British ship showing how deeply she may be loaded," 1881, from Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), M.P. for Derby and advocate of shipping reforms (which were embodied in the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876). Sense extended 1907 to "rubber-soled canvas shoe" (equivalent of American English sneakers) because the band around the shoes that holds the two parts together reminded people of a ship's Plimsoll line; sense perhaps reinforced by sound association with sole (which sometimes influenced the spelling to plimsole). The name is of Huguenot origin.