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

And yes, that mean deals on TVs, computers, shoes, slippers, furniture, clothing and pretty much every possible product in between. Jacob Krol, Noelle Ike And Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Labor Day Sales 2019: Your A-Z guide to shop on Sunday," 1 Sep. 2019 Living up to the service of the former Midwest Express amounts to filling the shoes of a legend. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new Midwest Express will not be the old, beloved Midwest Express. Industry economics won't allow it.," 30 Aug. 2019 The project within the project will be for Deondre Corbin to fill the shoes of the program’s greatest graduation loss in recent memory. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "New South Houston QB, other weapons, hope to complete unfinished business this fall," 26 Aug. 2019 So put on your dancing shoes and head to these 10 sweet-sounding cities. National Geographic, "Hear the 10 essential sounds of America," 23 Aug. 2019 In the third season of The Crown, Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret, stepping in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby, who depicted the Queen's sister last season. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Helena Bonham Carter Once Met Princess Margaret, and She Says the Royal Was "Scary"," 16 Aug. 2019 This project was something that Takijiri really analyzed, putting himself in the shoes of the children, staying mindful of how bright colors and other environmental factors may affect kids with developmental disabilities. Megan Uy, House Beautiful, "There's An Indoor Park For Children With Disabilities All Thanks To This Japanese Architect," 14 Aug. 2019 Elsinore is an adventure game that places you in the shoes of this industrious, careful, heroic Ophelia. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Elsinore Smartly Reimagines Hamlet with Ophelia as the Hero," 8 Aug. 2019 Companies that make clothing and shoes for the National Basketball Association players are in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump’s escalating China trade wars. Washington Post, "Fans of NBA could feel impact of China trade wars," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Charlotte also wore her navy Mary Jane shoes from Amaia and added a personal touch to her backpack: a sequined unicorn keychain! Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "See Princess Charlotte Step Out for Her First Day of School with Big Brother George and Parents William and Kate!," 5 Sep. 2019 The four-year-old, the great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, wore a sweater, skirt and black Mary Jane shoes with white socks. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Princess Charlotte marks her first day of school with brother Prince George," 5 Sep. 2019 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

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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
: 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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