\ ˈshü How to pronounce shoe (audio) \

Definition of shoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an outer covering for the human foot typically having a thick or stiff sole with an attached heel and an upper part of lighter material (such as leather)
b : a metal plate or rim for the hoof of an animal
2 : something resembling a shoe in function or placement
3 shoes plural : another's place, function, or viewpoint steps from assistant stage manager into the star's shoes— Steven Fuller
4 : a device that retards, stops, or controls the motion of an object especially : the part of a brake that presses on the brake drum
5a : any of various devices that are inserted in or run along a track or groove to guide a movement, provide a contact or friction grip, or protect against wear, damage, or slipping
b : a device (such as a clip or track) on a camera that permits attachment of an accessory item (such as a flash unit)
6 : a dealing box designed to hold several decks of playing cards


shod\ ˈshäd How to pronounce shoe (audio) \ also shoed\ ˈshüd How to pronounce shoe (audio) \; shoeing\ ˈshü-​iŋ How to pronounce shoe (audio) \

Definition of shoe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a shoe
2 : to cover for protection, strength, or ornament

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Other Words from shoe


shoeless adjective

Examples of shoe in a Sentence

Noun She bought a pair of shoes. He took off his shoes and socks. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes right now. Anyone in her shoes would have done the same thing. Verb The blacksmith shod the horse. The horse was taken to be shod.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police found a shoe near the water and the Dakota County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to assist. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, "Boy, 13, pulled 'unresponsive' from open water in Eagan," 29 Jan. 2021 The Flight Vectivs look more like a road running shoe than my current favorite trail runners, the Topo Ultraventure Pros. Adrienne So, Wired, "The North Face Puts the Latest Road Running Tech on the Trail," 26 Jan. 2021 Most women wear a medium shoe, denoted by an M or a B. Wide shoes start at a D. Outdoor Life, "Best rain boots for women: Keep your feet dry in soggy conditions," 25 Jan. 2021 Adidas is releasing a new Damian Lillard shoe that appears to troll the Oklahoma City Thunder. oregonlive, "Damian Lillard says new shoe not his way of trolling Oklahoma City Thunder," 25 Jan. 2021 Without fail, every new season ushers in a new It shoe. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Honey, They Shrunk the Ugg Boot," 6 Jan. 2021 Authorities searched the area but only found a shoe near a creek, Smith said, adding that authorities believe Woolen returned to the church early Sunday morning. NBC News, "Pastor killed, two other people injured in Texas church shooting," 4 Jan. 2021 That was when the man ran, losing a shoe on the way to his rental car, police said. New York Times, "Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match," 29 Dec. 2020 Cole Haan Grand Crosscourt Women's Sneaker Need a shoe that goes with every destination? Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Amazon's After-Christmas Sale Has so Many Deals on Comfortable Shoes," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In recent years, the European Union was seen as a likely contender to fill the collaborator shoes the U.S. has recently left unoccupied. Justin Worland, Time, "The U.S. Relationship With China Is in Trouble. That's a Challenge for Climate Change," 21 May 2020 And amazingly, the GT shadowed the 600LT on the skidpad, pulling 1.01 g's to its Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R–shod brother's 1.11 g's. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "The Great Compromise: McLaren 600LT vs. GT," 29 Apr. 2020 One of them, a blacksmith, was disowned for shoeing a war horse. New York Times, "‘Miss Aluminum,’ by Susanna Moore: An Excerpt," 14 Apr. 2020 Pretty much every outdoor winter sport was available, including the aforementioned snow-shoeing excursion with Juha Tuunanen, the hotel’s CEO who offered us a fire-building lesson—a necessary survival skill for any Lapland resident. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Solo Trip to the Arctic Helped Me Find Comfort Among Strangers," 12 Feb. 2020 Turbolook seventeen-inch wheels shod with Pirelli P700-Z tires (255/40ZR-17s in the back and 205/50ZR-17s up front) provide enough grip for 0.87 g of lateral acceleration. Martin Padgett, Car and Driver, "1993 Porsche 911 Speedster Road Test," 27 Mar. 2020 These cleats come in extra small, small, medium, and large, which fits women shoe sizes 2.5 to 15 and men shoe sizes 1 to 13.5. Popular Science, "Ice cleats to help you on slippery, cold walkways," 5 Feb. 2020 This is the fourth lawsuit Nike has filed against Skechers, including one that accused Skechers of copying the iconic Chuck Taylor shoes that’s been simmering for five years., "MullenLowe and Mediahub moving to the Seaport," 29 Oct. 2019 Shari Redstone, who stepped into her father’s shoes some time ago, will be the new chair of the board. Washington Post, "CBS and Viacom Reunite Just in Time for a Media Fight," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shoe


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


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

History and Etymology for shoe


Middle English shoo, from Old English scōh; akin to Old High German scuoh shoe

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

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16 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an outer covering for your foot that usually has a stiff bottom part called a sole with a thicker part called a heel attached to it and an upper part that covers part or all of the top of your foot
: another person's situation or position
: a flat U-shaped piece of iron that is nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof



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

: to put a horseshoe on (a horse)


\ ˈshü How to pronounce shoe (audio) \

Kids Definition of shoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an outer covering for the human foot usually having a thick and somewhat stiff sole and heel and a lighter upper part


shod\ ˈshäd \ also shoed\ ˈshüd \; shoeing

Kids Definition of shoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a shoe or horseshoe on : furnish with shoes Her feet were shod in golden shoes with pointy tips.— Avi, Crispin

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