[sawft-shoo, soft-]


of, relating to, or characteristic of tap dancing done in soft-soled shoes, without taps.

Origin of soft-shoe

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soft-shoe

Historical Examples of soft-shoe

  • He heard the soft-shoe rhythm all the way down the corridor, out of the hospital, and clear back to the city.

    At the Post

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • But the airy attitude somehow failed to comfort—it was a little too much like trying to shuffle a soft-shoe clog on a new grave.

    Young People's Pride

    Stephen Vincent Benet

  • Soft-shoe steps break into it here and there in unexpected ways and places, adding a pleasing variety to the menu.

British Dictionary definitions for soft-shoe



(modifier) relating to a type of tap dancing performed wearing soft-soled shoesthe soft-shoe shuffle
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