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hoof

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noun \ˈhu̇f, ˈhüf\

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 and Etymology of hoof

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


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hoof

verb

Definition of hoof

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to walk especially with haste 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.

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First Known Use of hoof

1641



HOOF Defined for English Language Learners

hoof

play
noun

Definition of hoof for English Language Learners

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

hoof

verb

Definition of hoof for English Language Learners

  • : to dance as a performer


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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