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hoof

noun \ ˈhu̇f , ˈhüf \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of hoof

plural hooves play \ˈhüvz, 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
on the hoof
of a meat animal : before butchering : living
  • 90¢ a pound on the hoof

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Origin and Etymology of hoof

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


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hoof

verb

Definition of hoof

transitive verb
1 : to walk especially with haste
  • hoofed it to the lecture hall
2 : kick, trample
intransitive verb
: to move on the feet; especially : dance

Examples of hoof in a Sentence

  1. The cast was hoofing on the stage.

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First Known Use of hoof

1641



HOOF Defined for English Language Learners

hoof

noun

Definition of hoof for English Language Learners

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


hoof

verb

Definition of hoof for English Language Learners

  • : to dance as a performer


HOOF Defined for Kids

hoof

noun \ ˈhu̇f , ˈhüf \

Definition of hoof for Students

plural hooves \ˈhu̇vz, ˈhüvz\ or hoofs
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

hoofed

\ˈhu̇ft, ˈhüft\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

hoof

noun \ ˈhu̇f , ˈhüf \

medical Definition of hoof

plural hooves play \ˈhüvz, ˈhu̇vz\ 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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