noun, plural ta·bi, ta·bis.

a covering for the foot, similar to a sock, having a separate pouchlike stall for the large toe, worn especially in Japan, often with zoris.

Origin of tabi

1890–95; < Japanese, perhaps < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dānpí single-skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tabi

Historical Examples of tabi

  • The population is divided into two clans—the Bule and the Tabi.

  • From Tabi the distance to the ruins of Labna is some twelve miles.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

  • I discarded boots and walked with my skirts up to my knees, bare legs and Japanese tabi, as did J—— and C——.

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • There is first put on a short stocking, or tabi, which reaches a little above the ankle and fastens in the back.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard

  • If we wrote ten thousand words they would surely not be so convincing as this eloquent incident at Tabi.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold