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

Exports of clothes and shoes increased tenfold over the same period, reaching $5.3bn last year, about 8% of GDP. The Economist, "Myanmar’s countryside is emptying and its cities bursting," 13 July 2019 West clearly has a design aesthetic—austere monochrome minimalism—that shows in his Yeezy clothing and Adidas shoe lines. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Kanye West Wants to Build Prefab Homes Inspired by Star Wars," 10 July 2019 The muck soaks backpacks and drowns campsites, leaving hikers little choice but to continue in wet shoes and socks. Eric Barton, Outside Online, "This Florida Thru-Hike Is Not for the Faint of Heart," 10 July 2019 Among the contents: Enough water to last a week, extra shoes and clothes, blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, a cellphone charger and food for the family dog. John Rogers, Time, "California's Recent Earthquakes Are Reigniting Fears of the 'Big One'," 8 July 2019 Zappos LLC, an online seller of shoes and apparel, said a self-learning algorithm has shown promise in solving one of its most perplexing search-engine issues: irrelevant results. Jared Council, WSJ, "At Zappos, Algorithms Teach Themselves," 8 July 2019 Dancers at The Wrap, a strip joint directly across the street from Souza’s shop, began showing up regularly with outrageously high platform shoes and audacious, skimpy outfits. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "In White River Junction, sisters are doing it for themselves," 4 July 2019 Taiwan and South Korea are more focused on high-tech items like semiconductors, but Vietnam and Bangladesh still offer competitive wages — making them attractive places to make consumer items like apparel and shoes. Katie Lobosco, CNN, "These 4 countries are winning the US-China trade war," 3 July 2019 Vehicle Burglary: At 2 a.m. on June 22, unknown suspects broke through the windows of seven vehicles parked in the 14000 block of Big Basin Way and took a laptop and a gym bag containing clothing and shoes. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Saratoga crime report for the week of July 12," 3 July 2019

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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