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hoof

play
noun, \ˈhu̇f, ˈhüf\

Simple Definition of hoof

  • : the hard covering on the foot of an animal (such as a horse or pig)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hoof

plural hooves play \ˈhüvz, ˈhu̇vz\ also hoofs

  1. 1 :  a curved covering of horn that protects the front of or encloses the ends of the digits of an ungulate mammal and that corresponds to a nail or claw

  2. 2 :  a hoofed foot especially of a horse

on the hoof
  1. of a meat animal :  before butchering :  living <90¢ a pound on the hoof>

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Origin of hoof

Middle English, from Old English hōf; akin to Old High German huof hoof, Sanskrit śapha


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with hoof


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hoof

verb

Simple Definition of hoof

  • : to dance as a performer

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hoof

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  walk <hoofed it to the lecture hall>

  3. 2 :  kick, trample

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move on the feet; especially :  dance

Examples of hoof in a sentence

  1. The cast was hoofing on the stage.



1641

First Known Use of hoof

1641



HOOF Defined for Kids

hoof

play
noun \ˈhu̇f, ˈhüf\

Definition of hoof for Students

plural hooves \ˈhu̇vz, ˈhüvz\ or hoofs

  1. 1 :  a covering of tough material that protects the ends of the toes of some animals (as horses, oxen, or pigs)

  2. 2 :  a foot (as of a horse) covered by a hoof

hoofed \ˈhu̇ft, ˈhüft\ adjective



Medical Dictionary

noun \ˈhu̇f, ˈhüf\

Medical Definition of hoof

plural hooves \ˈhüvz, ˈhu̇vz\play play also hoofs

  1. :  a horny covering that protects the ends of the toes of numerous plant-eating 4-footed mammals (as horses or cattle); also :  a hoofed foot



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