A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.
A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies.
Tragedy, especially that which resembles a Greek tragedy.
A boot reaching to the calf or knee, worn in earlier times; esp., the high, thick-soled, laced boot worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman tragedy.
Tragic drama; tragedy.
Other Word Forms
Origin of buskin
- Perhaps alteration (influenced by buckskin) of obsolete French broisequin small leather boot
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Apparently from Old French bousequin, variant of brousequin (> modern brodequin), probably from Middle Dutch broseken, of unknown origin.