A woman cleaning the hoof of her horse.
- The definition of a hoof is the hard cover on the feet of some mammals such as horses and deer, or is slang for the human foot.
An example of a hoof is a horse's foot.
- Hoof is defined as to walk, kick or trample, or is slang for to dance.
- An example of hoof is walking quickly down the street.
- An example of hoof is a deer jumping and kicking through the woods.
- An example of hoof is when a professional dancer does a tap dance.
nounpl. hoofs or hooves
- the horny covering on the feet of ungulate mammals
- the entire foot of such an animal
- Slang the human foot
Origin of hoofMiddle English hoof from Old English hof, akin to German huf from Indo-European base an unverified form kapho- from source Sanskrit ?aphá-, hoof, claw
- to kick or trample with the hoofs
- Informal to walk: often with it
- Slang to dance
on the hoof
nounpl. hooves, or hoofs
- a. The horny sheath covering the toes or lower part of the foot of a mammal of the orders Perissodactyla and Artiodactyla, such as a horse, ox, or deer.b. The foot of such an animal, especially a horse.
- Slang The human foot.
verbhoofed, hoof·ing, hoofs
- To dance, especially as a professional.
- To go on foot; walk.
Origin of hoofMiddle English hof from Old English hōf
(plural hoofs or hooves)
(third-person singular simple present hoofs, present participle hoofing, simple past and past participle hoofed)
From Middle English, from Old English hōf, from Proto-Germanic *hōfaz (compare West Frisian/Dutch hoef, German Huf, Danish and Swedish hov), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱoph₂ós (compare Russian копыто (kopýto) 'hoof', копать (kopát’) 'to dig', Avestan (safa, “hoof”), Sanskrit शफ (śapháḥ, “hoof, claw”)).