- The definition of a heel is the part of the foot on the opposite end from the toes, under the ankle, or the part of a shoe that supports the heel.
- An example of a heel is the back part of the foot.
- An example of a heel is the part of the shoe that flamenco dancers hit against the floor to keep rhythm.
- The heel is defined as the outside bottom of a shoe, opposite of where the toes would be inside of the shoe.
An example of a heel is the part of a shoe that can be made thicker to make a person appear taller.
A doctor holding his patients heel.
heel definition by Webster's New World
- the back part of the human foot, under the ankle and behind the instep
- the corresponding part of the hind foot of an animal
- the part of a stocking, shoe, etc. that covers the heel
- the built-up part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel
- women's low-cut shoes with medium to high heels
- crushing oppressive or tyrannical power: under the heel of fascism
- anything suggesting the human heel in location, shape, or function, as the end of a loaf of bread, a rind end of cheese, the part of the palm of the hand nearest the wrist, the part of the head of a golf club nearest the shaft, the lower end of a ship's mast, or a small quantity of liquor left in a bottle
- ☆ Informal a despicable or unscrupulous person; cad
Origin: Middle English hele ; from Old English hela, akin to Dutch hiel ; from Germanic an unverified form hanhila ; from an unverified form hanha ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kenk-, leg joint, heel
- to furnish with a heel
- to follow closely at the rear of
- to touch, press, or drive forward with or as with the heel
- to equip (a gamecock) with metal spurs
- ☆ Informal
- to provide (a person) with money: usually in the passive
- to equip or arm (oneself)
- Golf to hit (a ball) with the heel of the club
- to follow along at the heels of someone: to teach a dog to heel
- to move the heels rhythmically in dancing
- heelless adjective
Origin: with assimilated -d ; from Middle English helden ; from Old English hieldan (*healdjan), to incline, slope ; from base of heald, sloping, bent ; from Indo-European base an unverified form el-, to incline from source (via an unverified form lei-) Classical Latin -clinare, incline
- the act of heeling
- the extent of this
heel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The rounded posterior portion of the human foot under and behind the ankle.b. The corresponding part of the hind foot of other vertebrates.c. A similar anatomical part, such as the fleshy rounded base of the human palm or the hind toe of a bird.
- a. The part, as of a sock, shoe, or stocking, that covers the rounded posterior portion of the human foot.b. The built-up portion of a shoe or boot, supporting the heel.
- One of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread.
- The lower or rearward part, as:a. The part of the head of a golf club where it joins the shaft.b. The end of a violin bow where the handle is located.
- Nautical a. The lower end of a mast.b. The after end of a ship's keel.
- Botany The basal end of a plant cutting or tuber used in propagation.
- Oppression; tyranny: under the heel of Stalinism; the heel of an autocrat.
- Informal A dishonorable man; a cad.
- a. To furnish with a heel or heels.b. To repair or replace the heels, as for shoes.
- Slang To furnish, especially with money.
- To arm (a gamecock) with gaffs.
- To press or strike with the heel: heel a horse.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hēla.
intr. & tr.v. heeled, heel·ing, heels
Origin: Alteration of Middle English helden, from Old English hieldan.
heel - Medical Definition
- The rounded posterior portion of the foot under and behind the ankle.
- A similar anatomical part, such as the rounded base of the palm.
heel - Phrases/Idioms
cool one's heels
dig in one's heels
down at the heel
- with the heels of one's shoes in need of repair
- shabby; seedy; run-down
kick up one's heels
on the heels ofor upon the heels of
out at the heel (or heels)
- having holes in the heels of one's shoe(s) or sock(s)
- shabby; seedy; run-down
show one's heelsor show a clean pair of heels
take to one's heels
- close to someone's heels; just behind
- under discipline or control
turn on one's heel
down at the heels
- Having one's shoe heels worn down.
- Shabby; rundown; poor.
lay by the heels
- /upon the heels of
- Directly behind.
- Immediately following.
- out at the /heels
- Having holes in one's socks or shoes.
- Rundown; shabby; seedy.
take to (one's) heels
- Close behind: The hound followed his master to heel.
- Under discipline or control: The army swiftly brought the rebels to heel.