shoe

noun
\ 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

shoe

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

Noun

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

Indoors, where pistachio cream puffs lined silver platters like sugar soldiers, lay another sweet treat—shoes. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Ladurée Was Transformed Into a Wedding Wonderland to Showcase the Best of Bridal Wear," 16 May 2019 There’s nothing dangerous about it, per se—there aren’t sharp objects down there; if anything were to catch fire, shoes probably wouldn’t make much of a difference. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Flying," 14 May 2019 While 40-year-old Katie looked stunning in a 3D printed, purple Zac Posen dress, her 51-year-old beau fixed up to subtly match with smart shoes in the exact same violet color. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Made a Rare Appearance Together at the Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 While durable shoes tend to be a bit intense for everyday use (see: Timberland... Ha Duong, WSJ, "These Are the Ideal, Affordable, All-Weather Men’s Boots," 18 Apr. 2019 No maid was ever transformed into a princess by a fairy godmother and a pair of glass shoes that fit just so. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 So who will be stepping into the shoes of the iconic roles of Maria, Tony, and Anita? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "West Side Story" Remake," 17 Apr. 2019 Moira Boxall, who returned to Glasgow after vacationing in Queensland, Australia, found the serpent curled up in one of her shoes after the long trek. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Python on Plane Travels from Australia to Scotland Inside Woman's Shoe," 25 Feb. 2019 The majority of fans appear to believe Katherine could be stepping into the shoes of Kate Bishop, a gifted archer in the comics. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "People Think Katherine Langford Will Play Hawkeye in "Avengers 4"," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her feather and crystal veil by Jennifer Behr was the perfect accessory alongside her Vera Wang shoes. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Alex Prager Chased Waterfalls and Wore Vintage at Her Countryside Wedding in Ireland," 25 Sep. 2018 Basquiat made two exits, sporting gray suits with black Mary Jane shoes each time. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "If You’ve Got $20,000 to Spare, You Can Own Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Favorite Comme des Garçons Coat," 2 Nov. 2018 Mennonite men outside the auction did the hard work of shoeing the arabbers’ ponies and filing their back teeth on a blazingly hot afternoon. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ties between urban horsemen, Mennonites bolster old trade," 4 Sep. 2018 But the decision as to which shoes a heroine will wear lies with the director. April Wolfe, chicagotribune.com, "The tortured history of action-film heroines and their high heels ('Jurassic World,' anyone?)," 22 June 2018 Giro’s insanely reflective Empire ACC shoes all but eliminate that problem. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "8 Pieces of Bike Gear to Keep You Safe on Your Commute," 23 May 2018 Princess Charlotte wore her the Little Alice London dress with an Amaia Kids navy cardigan and Mary Jane shoes from the same brand that also retail for less than $65. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Adorable Blue Dress Is Already Sold Out," 23 Apr. 2018 So even though gamers might not need performance shoes the way athletes in other sports do, creating one is still a savvy marketing move by K-Swiss. Cam Wolf, GQ, "K-Swiss Wants to Sell You Shoes to Play Video Games In," 10 May 2018 The Ossie Clark shoes from 1971 are my favorite — ivy green with ivy leaves going up the leg. New York Times, "Now on Tour: Shoes and Sketches by Manolo Blahnik," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of shoe

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for shoe

Noun

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

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shoddy

shode

shoder

shoe

shoebill

shoeblack

shoeblack plant

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shoe

noun

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

shoe

verb

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

: to put a horseshoe on (a horse)

shoe

noun
\ 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

shoe

verb
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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