hoof

noun
\ ˈhu̇f How to pronounce hoof (audio) , ˈhüf How to pronounce hoof (audio) \
plural hooves\ ˈhüvz How to pronounce hooves (audio) , ˈhu̇vz \ also hoofs

Definition of hoof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
on the hoof
of a meat animal : before butchering : living 90¢ a pound on the hoof

hoof

verb
hoofed; hoofing; hoofs

Definition of hoof (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to move on the feet especially : dance

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Noun

hoof 2: 1, 2, 3, 4 parts of wall (1 toe, 2 side walls, 3 quarters, 4 buttresses), 5 bulbs, 6 sole, 7 frog

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of hoof in a Sentence

Verb The cast was hoofing on the stage.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The click-clack of Tonka’s hooves on the asphalt alerted bystanders to the masked horseman in their midst. Alex Hawgood, New York Times, "Orville Peck, a Masked Gay Country Star, Rides Into Brooklyn," 12 Oct. 2019 The 21-year-old Grevy’s zebra named Andy was having some deviation in his right front hoof. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "'Mani-pedi’ for endangered zebra in Miami," 13 Sep. 2019 Over the centuries, their hooves slowly grew larger and more like those of fowl, enabling them to gallop through even the softest drifting sands. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 Their hooves and horns are lethal, and the animal is so aggressive and dangerous that wolves will only hunt for bison—considered the most difficult prey to kill—in a large pack. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why People Keep Trying to Pet Animals at National Parks," 7 Aug. 2019 Staffers also treated the hooves with betadine to help prevent infection. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "'Mani-pedi’ for endangered zebra in Miami," 13 Sep. 2019 Situated in County Kildare, just a short trip from Dublin, the ancient grounds stretch for thousands of acres beyond the track and are home to the thundering hooves of Ireland's very best horses. Ben Church And Aly Vance, CNN, "Why this ancient land is the spiritual home of Irish horse racing," 13 Sep. 2019 Better to be part of the horde, to make the earth shake under the hooves of your horses. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 It has even been upgraded: The horse-man now wears plastic hooves on his hands. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Mets castoff Hansel Robles, a.k.a. Caballo Blanco, exceeds Angels’ expectations," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Saturday, drivers on Highway 99 northwest of Fresno were slowing down and rubbing their eyes when an emu decided to hoof it along the shoulder of the busy roadway. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "It’s a (highway) jungle out there," 14 Sep. 2019 Bring on the big man, hoof the ball long and let chaos ensue. SI.com, "How Napoli Have Evolved Since Last Year's Liverpool Encounters," 11 Sep. 2019 The most compelling explanation is that high-quality games involve teams who are good at retaining possession, and low-quality ones feature those who spend most of the time hoofing the ball in the air and tackling each other. Fox News, "French mayor dies after trying to stop illegal dumping: report," 8 Aug. 2019 His destination: The corner of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard, where the Madison High School sophomore would hoof it the rest of the way to the Marshall campus. oregonlive.com, "Here’s what the first day of school looked like across Portland," 28 Aug. 2019 In the 21st minute, John Terry hoofed the ball down to a sprinting Cole, who turned to beat a Sunderland defender going in for a sliding tackle before beating the goalkeeper at the near post. SI.com, "Ashley Cole: 5 of the Greatest Moments in the Arsenal, Chelsea and England Legend's Career," 18 Aug. 2019 The most compelling explanation is that high-quality games involve teams who are good at retaining possession, and low-quality ones feature those who spend most of the time hoofing the ball in the air and tackling each other. Fox News, "French mayor dies after trying to stop illegal dumping: report," 8 Aug. 2019 Mr Spooner was hoofed out in May, replaced by Liberal Democrat leadership. The Economist, "A rebellion against house-building spells trouble for the Tories," 17 Aug. 2019 The most compelling explanation is that high-quality games involve teams who are good at retaining possession, and low-quality ones feature those who spend most of the time hoofing the ball in the air and tackling each other. Fox News, "French mayor dies after trying to stop illegal dumping: report," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hoof

Noun

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

Verb

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hoof

Noun

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

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

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More Definitions for hoof

hoof

noun
How to pronounce hoof (audio) How to pronounce hoof (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hoof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hoof

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hoof (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : to dance as a performer

hoof

noun
\ ˈhu̇f How to pronounce hoof (audio) , ˈhüf\
plural hooves\ ˈhu̇vz , ˈhüvz \ or hoofs

Kids Definition of hoof

1 : a covering of tough material that protects the ends of the toes of some animals (as horses, oxen, or pigs)
2 : a foot (as of a horse) covered by a hoof

Other Words from hoof

hoofed \ ˈhu̇ft , ˈhüft \ adjective

hoof

noun
\ ˈhu̇f How to pronounce hoof (audio) , ˈhüf How to pronounce hoof (audio) \
plural hooves\ ˈhüvz How to pronounce hooves (audio) , ˈhu̇vz How to pronounce hooves (audio) \ also hoofs

Medical Definition of hoof

: 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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