shoe

noun
\ˈshü \

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 \ also shoed\ ˈshüd \; shoeing\ ˈshü-​iŋ \

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

Which is why Nordstrom’s plethora of seasonal sales are always a shoe-in. refinery29.com, "How To Shop Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Before Everyone Else," 13 July 2018 Markle has also repeatedly worn items by Roland Mouret, Self Portrait, and Stella McCartney, accompanied by a number of handbags from Strathberry and shoes by Sarah Flint. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meghan Markle Is Being Credited With Boosting Aritzia's Earnings. But Is the 'Meghan Effect' Real?," 13 July 2018 At Nike's other stores, the turnover rate for the shoe inventory can take up to 45 days. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Can you 'crowdsource' a store? Nike is about to find out," 12 July 2018 Naperville Park District removed the sculpture of the skateboarder — complete with Gap shirt, Nike hat and DKNY shoes — that had been sitting near the skate park entrance behind Centennial Beach on Jackson Avenue since May 2004. Suzanne Baker And Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Vandals damage Centennial Park's skateboarder statue in failed attempt to take it, officials say," 12 July 2018 If her shoe design fits, bowlers across the nation will wear it. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin graphic designer named finalist in bowling shoe makeover contest," 11 July 2018 Helton chased after Hailey, who had grabbed some water shoes and started running with them. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Keeping Cool At Owen Bell Park," 11 July 2018 And the only things still covered were her feet, in black dancer’s shoes rather than massive platforms worn by other performers. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Stormy Daniels’ strip club act bookends Trump’s court reveal," 10 July 2018 Customers receive a complimentary hot towel, shampoo, shoe shine and a beverage. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The new men’s store offers shoe shining and sneaker cleaning, guest barbers from Murdock London, and digital kiosks that allow customers to return items to a mailbox-like bin. Justina Vasquez, Bloomberg.com, "Nordstrom Looks to Win Over Manhattan With Focus on Service," 12 Apr. 2018 There’s only so many papier maché picture frames or fuzzy house shoes a mom can handle. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Here’s how Atlanta moms can snag free brunch or dinner at Davio’s for Mother’s Day," 27 Apr. 2018 Learn how to shoe horses and ride horseback—for the horse will be the only means of transport of goods and services in a wild Yellowstone. Christopher Ketcham, The New Republic, "The Future Is the Car-Free National Park," 10 Apr. 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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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

shoes : 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 \

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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