hoof·​er ˈhu̇-fər How to pronounce hoofer (audio)
: a professional dancer

Examples of hoofer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Good Morning America revealed on Tuesday (Sept. 12) that the star will be showing off her dance moves to compete for the mirrorball trophy alongside pro hoofer Alan Bersten. Anna Chan, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 In West, every character is out of place — an Ivy Leaguer beguiled by Hollywood, a vaudeville hoofer reduced to door-to-door selling, a Midwesterner lured to California for his health, a suspiciously mature child actor. Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2023 The physically demanding show prepared her to both be a smooth crooner and a precise hoofer. NBC News, 13 Feb. 2022 The fact that Ryan is a first-rate hoofer, and the chemistry between him and Platt fuels their syncopated routines together, helps immensely. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 The full roster of hoofers was unveiled when the eclectic cast appeared on Wednesday morning (Aug. 21) on Good Morning America. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 21 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 10 Jan. 2018 The older hoofer, Velma, murdered her cheating husband and sister. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, 8 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoofer was in 1912

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“Hoofer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoofer. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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