Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The brand has been around in some variation or another for over 100 years, but its classic plimsoll continues to feel relevant and modern. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 6 May 2022 Dancers tap their plimsoll shoes and slide across the floor in wingtips, busting out retro moves like the toss-across and the swingout. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Dec. 2019 Papery fabrics and knot fastenings harked back to ER gowns, with white plimsolls throughout confirming the on-the-ward aesthetic. Alice Tate, Marie Claire, 20 Feb. 2013

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Word History


probably from the supposed resemblance of the upper edge of the shoe's mudguard to the Plimsoll mark on a ship

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plimsoll was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Plimsoll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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