shoe

[shoo]

noun, plural shoes, (especially British Dialect) shoon.

verb (used with object), shod or shoed, shod or shoed or shod·den, shoe·ing.

to provide or fit with a shoe or shoes.
to protect or arm at the point, edge, or face with a ferrule, metal plate, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. shockproof,
  2. shockstall,
  3. shockumentary,
  4. shod,
  5. shoddy,
  6. shoe boil,
  7. shoe is on the other foot, the,
  8. shoe leather,
  9. shoe-shine,
  10. shoe-string

Idioms

Origin of shoe

before 900; (noun) Middle English scho(o), Old English sceō(h), cognate with German Schuh, Old Norse skōr, Gothic skōhs; (v.) Middle English schon, Old English scōg(e)an, cognate with Middle Low German schoi(g)en, Old Norse skūa

Related formsshoe·less, adjectivere·shoe, verb (used with object), re·shod, re·shoe·ing.un·der·shoe, nounun·shoed, adjective

Can be confusedshoe shoo

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British Dictionary definitions for shoes

shoe

noun

  1. one of a matching pair of coverings shaped to fit the foot, esp one ending below the ankle, having an upper of leather, plastic, etc, on a sole and heel of heavier leather, rubber, or synthetic material
  2. (as modifier)shoe cleaner
anything resembling a shoe in shape, function, position, etc, such as a horseshoe
a band of metal or wood on the bottom of the runner of a sledge
(in baccarat, etc) a boxlike device for holding several packs of cards and allowing the cards to be dispensed singly
a base for the supports of a superstructure of a bridge, roof, etc
a metal collector attached to an electric train that slides along the third rail and picks up power for the motor
engineering a lining to protect from and withstand wearSee brake shoe, pile shoe
be in a person's shoes informal to be in another person's situation

verb shoes, shoeing or shod (tr)

to furnish with shoes
to fit (a horse) with horseshoes
to furnish with a hard cover, such as a metal plate, for protection against friction or bruising

Word Origin for shoe

Old English scōh; related to Old Norse skōr, Gothic skōhs, Old High German scuoh

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Word Origin and History for shoes
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Idioms and Phrases with shoes

shoe

In addition to the idiom beginning with shoe

  • shoe is on the other foot, the

also see:

  • comfortable as an old shoe
  • fill someone's shoes
  • goody-two-shoes
  • if the shoe fits
  • in someone's shoes
  • step into someone's shoes
  • wait for the other shoe to drop
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