hoof·​beat | \ ˈhu̇f-ˌbēt How to pronounce hoofbeat (audio) , ˈhüf- \

Definition of hoofbeat

: the sound of a hoof striking a hard surface (such as the ground)

Examples of hoofbeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next morning, Santa will deliver gifts from a real sleigh drawn by brother draft horses Pete and Repeat, their hoofbeats muffled by glittering, fresh white snow. Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, 29 July 2019 Most of us rarely do this, unless moved by a desire to mimic the hoofbeats of a horse, but Charlie Graham (Milly Shapiro), a non-smiling girl of thirteen, klokks with unnerving frequency. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 7 June 2018 These are the most familiar hoofbeats, those made by horses. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, 29 June 2017 The hurried hoofbeats of gods, riding atop the backs of beasts. Demi Adejuyigbe, The New Yorker, 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of hoofbeat

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hoofbeat was in 1847

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“Hoofbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoofbeat. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hoofbeat

: the sound made when an animal's hoof hits the ground


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