cloven hoof

noun
|Updated on: 3 Jun 2018

Definition of cloven hoof

1 : a foot (as of a sheep) divided into two parts at its distal extremity
2
[from the traditional representation of Satan as cloven-hoofed]
: the sign of devilish character

cloven-hoofed

play \ˈklō-vən-ˌhu̇ft, -ˌhüft, -ˌhu̇vd, -ˌhüvd\ adjective

Recent Examples of cloven hoof from the Web

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

First Known Use of cloven hoof

1611

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

CLOVEN HOOF Defined for English Language Learners

cloven hoof

Definition of cloven hoof for English Language Learners

  • : a foot of some animals (such as sheep, goats, or cows) that is divided into two parts


CLOVEN HOOF Defined for Kids

cloven hoof

noun

Definition of cloven hoof for Students

: a hoof (as of a sheep or cow) with the front part divided into two sections

Medical Dictionary

cloven hoof

noun

medical Definition of cloven hoof

cloven-hoofed

play \-ˈhu̇ft, -ˈhüft, -ˈhu̇vd, -ˈhüvd\ adjective


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cloven hoof? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

widely and unfavorably known

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

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!