hoof

1 of 2

noun

plural hooves ˈhüvz How to pronounce hoof (audio)
ˈhu̇vz
also hoofs
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

Illustration of hoof

Illustration of hoof
  • 1 2 3 4 parts of wall
  • 1 toe
  • 2 side walls
  • 3 quarters
  • 4 buttresses
  • 5 bulbs
  • 6 sole
  • 7 frog

hoof

2 of 2

verb

hoofed; hoofing; hoofs

transitive verb

1
: to walk especially with haste
hoofed it to the lecture hall
2

intransitive verb

: to move on the feet
especially : dance
Phrases
on the hoof
of a meat animal : before butchering : living
90¢ a pound on the hoof

Examples of hoof in a Sentence

Verb The cast was hoofing on the stage.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The sound of hooves clopping filled the Fort Worth Stockyards on Friday as the Budweiser Clydesdales strolled down East Exchange Avenue delivering beer as part of the MLB All-Star Week events. Joel Solis, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 July 2024 And here, Chappell wears a black snood, black corset, black lace gloves, and black boots, all balanced atop brown hooves. Jennifer Culp, Them, 26 June 2024
Verb
Teams hustle to overwhelm an opponent’s base before a rival group claims theirs; as the contestants hoof through dense foliage, a drone shot soars over to capture the frenetic scramble. Siren Goes Off, Vulture, 16 June 2023 The usefulness of it while hoofing away from predators (or toward food) may have driven natural selection, the researchers say. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for hoof 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoof was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hoof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoof. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hoof

1 of 2 noun
plural hooves ˈhu̇vz How to pronounce hoof (audio)
ˈhüvz
or hoofs
1
: a covering of horn that protects the front of or encloses the ends of the toes of some mammals (as horses, oxen, and pigs) and that corresponds to a nail or claw
2
: a hoofed foot especially of a horse
hoofed
ˈhu̇ft
ˈhüft
ˈhu̇vd
ˈhüvd
adjective

hoof

2 of 2 verb
1
: to walk especially with haste
hoofed it to class
2
: to dance especially as a performer
watched the cast hoofing on the stage
hoofer noun

Medical Definition

hoof

noun
plural hooves ˈhüvz How to pronounce hoof (audio) ˈhu̇vz How to pronounce hoof (audio) also hoofs
: 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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