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 shoe (audio) \ also shoed\ ˈshüd How to pronounce shoe (audio) \; shoeing\ ˈshü-​iŋ How to pronounce shoe (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 This includes an exclusive partnership with the shoe brand Sperry to showcase the brand's latest Pride collection featuring design elements inspired by the LGBTQIA+ flags. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2021 Rothy’s road from small, direct-to-consumer women’s shoe brand to potential lifestyle brand started in 2012, at a dinner in San Francisco. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 19 May 2021 Schumacher have collaborated on five of Margaux’s classic shoe silhouettes in punchy prints. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 19 May 2021 These can be held in the same shoe holders and swapped out when their owner comes home. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Alfonso Antonio Roberty, son of Michael Roberty, a shoe store owner, and his wife, Erminia Roberty, who worked alongside her husband, was born and raised in Cumberland. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 18 May 2021 And in the process, Lin and Hsieh also built a multibillion-dollar online shoe store. Fortune, 18 May 2021 One shoe is designed for the left foot, the other for the right. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 This will be Chicago’s first regional production of the Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the 2005 British film of the same title and set in a down-and-out British shoe factory. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In recent years, the European Union was seen as a likely contender to fill the collaborator shoes the U.S. has recently left unoccupied. Justin Worland, Time, 21 May 2020 And amazingly, the GT shadowed the 600LT on the skidpad, pulling 1.01 g's to its Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R–shod brother's 1.11 g's. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 29 Apr. 2020 One of them, a blacksmith, was disowned for shoeing a war horse. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2020 Pretty much every outdoor winter sport was available, including the aforementioned snow-shoeing excursion with Juha Tuunanen, the hotel’s CEO who offered us a fire-building lesson—a necessary survival skill for any Lapland resident. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Feb. 2020 Turbolook seventeen-inch wheels shod with Pirelli P700-Z tires (255/40ZR-17s in the back and 205/50ZR-17s up front) provide enough grip for 0.87 g of lateral acceleration. Martin Padgett, Car and Driver, 27 Mar. 2020 These cleats come in extra small, small, medium, and large, which fits women shoe sizes 2.5 to 15 and men shoe sizes 1 to 13.5. Popular Science, 5 Feb. 2020 This is the fourth lawsuit Nike has filed against Skechers, including one that accused Skechers of copying the iconic Chuck Taylor shoes that’s been simmering for five years. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2019 Shari Redstone, who stepped into her father’s shoes some time ago, will be the new chair of the board. Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for shoe

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The first known use of shoe was before the 12th century

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23 May 2021

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“Shoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoe. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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