hard·​boot ˈhärd-ˌbüt How to pronounce hardboot (audio)
: an especially small-time horseman

Examples of hardboot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His trainer, Eric Reed, was an everyday Kentucky hardboot from the casino racetracks. Joe Drape, New York Times, 8 May 2023 To many of us who are habitués of the track, these guys are the very soul of the thing, but one of the central conflicts at the races will always be between the hardboots and the hustlers. Max Watman, WSJ, 25 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardboot was in 1922

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“Hardboot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardboot. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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