Hoof definition

ho͝of, ho͝of
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.

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(informal) To walk.
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To dance, especially as a professional.
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To go on foot; walk.
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(slang) The human foot.
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To kick or trample with the hoofs.
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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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The foot of such an animal, especially a horse.
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To trample with the hooves.
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(slang) To dance.
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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.
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The foot of such an animal, especially a horse.
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The tip of a toe of an ungulate such as a horse, ox or deer, strengthened by a thick keratin covering.
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(slang) The human foot.
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(geometry, dated) An ungula.
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To trample with hooves.
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(colloquial) To walk.
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(informal) To dance, especially as a professional.
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(colloquial, soccer) To kick, especially to kick the football a long way downfield with little accuracy.
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(slang) The human foot.
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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.
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The horny covering on the feet of ungulate mammals.
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The entire foot of such an animal.
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(slang) hoof it
  • To walk.
  • To dance.
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on the hoof
  • Not yet butchered; alive. Used especially of cattle.
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on the hoof
  • not yet butchered; alive
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hoof
Plural:
hooves, hoofs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hoof

  • Middle English hof from Old English hōf

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

  • 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