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

Another consumer complained about an order for clothing and shoes through Just Fashion Now. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 Clothing and shoes for all ages and household, health and beauty items will be available. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Church news," 13 July 2018 The plush toys normally run $12-$35, with accessories such as clothes and shoes extra. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Build-A-Bear halts 'Pay Your Age' sale as hundreds in metro Phoenix wait in line," 12 July 2018 Levi Strauss urges shoppers to bring their old clothes and shoes to any Levi’s store in the U.S. for repurposing or recycling through a partnership with I:Collect. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018 When Om Kee Hata's mother saved money to buy him new shoes or clothes, the 17-year-old Burmese refugee demurred, telling his single mom to spend the money on his four younger siblings instead. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Teen who drowned in Hillsdale Lake was Burmese refugee who was providing for family," 11 July 2018 For me that means slacks with a nice blouse and flat shoes or sandals. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Community Activist Who Dresses to Celebrate Her Heritage," 10 July 2018 Sinking maybe $100,000 on a jacket, $20,000 on shoes, or lord knows how much on a small crocodile case designed solely to carry champagne might seem decadent. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 Two were clothed in shoes, pants and shirts typical of Mexican and Central American migrants. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "What dead pigs can teach us about missing bodies in the Arizona desert," 5 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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Dictionary Entries near shoe

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

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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