hoof

noun
\ ˈhu̇f , ˈhüf \
plural hooves\ˈhüvz, ˈhu̇vz \ also hoofs

Definition of hoof 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 : a hoofed foot especially of a horse

on the hoof

of a meat animal : before butchering : living 90¢ a pound on the hoof

hoof

verb
hoofed; hoofing; hoofs

Definition of hoof (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to walk especially with haste hoofed it to the lecture hall

2 : kick, trample

intransitive verb

: to move on the feet especially : dance

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Illustration of hoof

Noun

hoof 2: 1, 2, 3, 4 parts of wall (1 toe, 2 side walls, 3 quarters, 4 buttresses), 5 bulbs, 6 sole, 7 frog

In the meaning defined above

Examples of hoof in a Sentence

Verb

The cast was hoofing on the stage.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Specialists administer bovine pedicures to some—at a cost of $150 a hoof—to make sure their great weight doesn’t damage their feet or cause arthritis. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 In the shadow of Windsor Castle's fairy-tale turrets, the majestic clip-clop of hooves and a brass band's soaring notes rang out Thursday as throngs alternately cheered, clapped and sighed. Laura King, latimes.com, "Pomp and pageantry, a few days early: In Windsor, royal regalia goes through its paces," 17 May 2018 The modern job description is of an 11th field player, one who doesn’t have hooves for feet and is skillful enough to start play from the back. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France to Hugo Lloris: Get Back in Goal," 13 July 2018 Young grooms her charges to comfort them, removes stones from their hooves, caters to their individual food preferences. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "The Secret Life of Cows," 15 June 2018 There also will be meat kebabs, tabouli salad and perhaps a delicacy that uses sheep hooves and intestine. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After fleeing war, refugees will open a Syrian restaurant in a redeveloped Milwaukee building," 4 May 2018 Dead cows appear along roadsides, hooves pointed to the sky. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "In Fire-Scorched Oklahoma, Help Comes One Bale at a Time," 29 Apr. 2018 The hoof trimming session was part of a preventative medicine program at Zoo Miami. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Apollo the zebra gets a pedicure at Zoo Miami | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Walking on hard surfaces rather than grass or the dirt of an arena places extra stress on the horse's hooves and legs, and as a result, leg injuries are more common among police horses. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD Mounted Unit mourns loss of second horse in a month," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On parade day, between road closures and traffic, your best bet is to hoof it a little. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Your questions about Chicago Pride Fest and the Chicago Pride Parade, answered," 12 June 2018 The opposite of taking a walk on the wild side might be to hoof it across the 500 or so reflective, slow-going miles that form the Camino de Santiago, the renowned medieval Catholic pilgrimage route that spans northern Spain. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "'Strangers on the Earth' doc inspires as it captures musician's sacred trek," 31 May 2018 Often, her daily after-school schedule consists of a couple of hours of training at the Peabody track with the rest of the team, then moving half a mile down the street for a few hours hoofing it at the studio Expressions in Dance. Matt Case, BostonGlobe.com, "Murphy, Gorgenyi quick out of the gate," 4 May 2018 The other one was less congenial and ended up hoofing it to safety by following the beam to the bridge's end. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Two goats make a huge mistake, get stranded on bridge," 6 Apr. 2018 Cassidy wrote that the 32 billion steps hoofed annually on the boardwalk could operate most of the appliances in a small restaurant (including the refrigerator, freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher and air conditioner) for 320 days. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "How travelers to California's most popular landmarks could create electricity while they walk," 20 Mar. 2018 In 2017, four of his shows — Sunset Boulevard, Cats, School of Rock and Phantom — were hoofing it on Broadway at the same time. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Unmasked'," 17 Mar. 2018 But soon enough, the people of Beverly Hills were outside City Hall every Monday morning, ready to hoof it for two or three miles in the name of meeting their daily step goals, and their mayor. Elspeth Velten, Vogue, "In the World’s Most Famous Zip Code, Don't Settle for Just Any Tour Guide," 22 Jan. 2018 The ranch’s employees — including several workers who lived off the property and had to hoof it across the Santa Paula Creek to make their way to the ranch — battled the flames. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Brokaw Ranch sustains major damage in Thomas Fire," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hoof

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hoof

Noun

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

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hoof

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hoof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hoof

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hoof (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dance as a performer

hoof

noun
\ ˈhu̇f , ˈhüf \
plural hooves\ˈhu̇vz, ˈhüvz \ or hoofs

Kids Definition of hoof

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

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

Other words from hoof

hoofed \ˈhu̇ft, ˈhüft \ adjective

hoof

noun
\ ˈhu̇f , ˈhüf \
plural hooves\ˈhüvz, ˈhu̇vz \ also hoofs

Medical Definition of hoof 

: 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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