hoof·​er | \ ˈhu̇-fər How to pronounce hoofer (audio) , ˈhü-\

Definition of hoofer

: a professional dancer

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The older hoofer, Velma, murdered her cheating husband and sister. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Chicago' at Broadway Theatre of Pitman: Lots of talent, entertainment," 8 July 2018 One notable divergence was the use of a dancing chorus, an ensemble of nine young hoofers that got its own numbers, each a mix of choreography and spots for individual improvisation. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Conjuring Spirits at the Tap Family Reunion," 29 May 2018 On the same program with these top-notch hoofers, Mr. Carmona gave an inadvertent lesson in differences between tap and flamenco. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Tapping Out Some New World Rhythms," 5 Mar. 2018 Christopher Rodriguez, executive and artistic director of the Woodlawn, suggested that the theater offer adult tap classes to help hoofers with rusty skills get up to speed. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Getting dance-ready for ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Newsies’," 26 Jan. 2018 What better beacon of a brighter future for a country stuck in a Depression than a tiny expert hoofer who exuded confidence? Ann Hulbert, Time, "What Parents Can Learn From Steve Jobs and Bill Gates About Raising a Prodigy," 10 Jan. 2018 Glover’s rhythmic partner for the first half of his SFJazz run is part of the hoofer family by both blood and practice. Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, "Savion Glover — with friends in tow — will be putting on the tap at SFJazz," 29 Dec. 2017 This radical and oft-contemporary reinterpretation of an archetypal Broadway story managed both to thrill a modern audience and make Peggy Sawyer more of a timeless representative of chorus hoofers throughout history. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Best Chicago theater of 2017: These shows gave voice to our moment," 15 Dec. 2017 Sime wielded a thick black pencil that split infinitives, popularized inventive adjectives and nouns (hoofer, chantoosies, warblers, kidvid, boffo) and turned other nouns into verbs (authored, readied, helmed). Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Syd Silverman, 85, Who Kept Variety Boffo for 30 Years, Is Dead," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of hoofer

1912, in the meaning defined above

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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