1. a contrivance that may be attached to the foot to enable the wearer to walk on deep snow without sinking, especially a light, racket-shaped frame across which is stretched a network of rawhide.
  2. Indian yellow(def 1).
verb (used without object), snow·shoed, snow·shoe·ing.
  1. to walk or travel on snowshoes.

Origin of snowshoe

An Americanism dating back to 1655–65; snow + shoe
Related formssnow·sho·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a device to facilitate walking on snow, esp a racket-shaped frame with a network of thongs stretched across it
verb -shoes, -shoeing or -shoed
  1. (intr) to walk or go using snowshoes
Derived Formssnowshoer, noun
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Word Origin and History for snow-shoe

also snowshoe, 1670s, from snow (n.) + shoe (n.). Related: Snowshoes.

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