Hoof Definition

ho͝of, ho͝of
hoofed, hoofing, hooves
noun
hooves
The horny covering on the feet of ungulate mammals.
Webster's New World
The entire foot of such an animal.
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The human foot.
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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.
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(geometry, dated) An ungula.

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verb
hoofed, hoofing
To kick or trample with the hoofs.
Webster's New World
To walk.
Webster's New World
To dance.
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(colloquial, soccer) To kick, especially to kick the football a long way downfield with little accuracy.

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idiom
hoof it
  • To walk.
  • To dance.
American Heritage
on the hoof
  • Not yet butchered; alive. Used especially of cattle.
American Heritage
on the hoof
  • not yet butchered; alive
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Hoof

Noun

Singular:
hoof
Plural:
hooves, hoofs

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Origin of Hoof

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English hof from Old English hōf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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