bootblack

noun
boot·​black | \ ˈbüt-ˌblak How to pronounce bootblack (audio) \

Definition of bootblack

: one who shines shoes

Examples of bootblack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With its title mocking the attempts of phrenology to diminish the worth of African Americans, Smith paints dignified portraits of everyday black people—a bootblack, a washerman—as examples of the unique personalities inherent to every human being. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2021 Here is the sheet music from which Democrats and their liberal-media bootblacks will sing, should GOP senators adopt a quick motion to dismiss: Republicans perpetrated the ultimate cover up! Deroy Murdock, National Review, 22 Dec. 2019 Joe Bologna was the son, grandson and nephew of bootblacks. Anita Gates, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bootblack.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of bootblack

1817, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best walking shoes.

Learn More About bootblack

Time Traveler for bootblack

Time Traveler

The first known use of bootblack was in 1817

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near bootblack

boot

bootblack

bootboy

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bootblack

Cite this Entry

“Bootblack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bootblack. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!