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 The only ones in pointe shoes are those romping through a brief, exaggerated dance-within-a-dance that spoofs old-fashioned ballets. Washington Post, "A ‘Swan Lake’ with echoes of ‘The Crown’ at the Kennedy Center," 23 Jan. 2020 At his murder trial, prosecutors presented testimony from Ms. Reese’s neighbors linking Mr. Lee to the crime scene and evidence that his shoes matched footprints lifted from the scene, among other evidence. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Attorneys Make Rare Push to Exonerate an Executed Man," 23 Jan. 2020 After the family drove away, members of the Holy Cross rowing team, in purple shoes and shirts, walked two by two to the waiting bus, and church bells rang into the silence. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Mourners celebrate the life of Holy Cross rower killed in Florida crash," 22 Jan. 2020 Nearly everyone in the room, from Hoover to Thompson to Rockefeller, had at one point in their lives spent time in pointe shoes. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Chicest Young Balletomanes Gathered for a Dinner in Celebration of the American Ballet Theatre," 17 Jan. 2020 There was an equally long line to have someone videotape me jogging — not a regular habit of mine — while clad in smart shoes. Megan Thielking, STAT, "At CES, digital health gadgets gave me a detailed accounting of my flaws and failures," 10 Jan. 2020 The open weave design looks cool, and helps transfer the debris from your shoe onto the mat. Popular Science, "Durable doormats that trap dirt and mud," 10 Jan. 2020 Put anyone else on the UFC roster in Covington’s shoes, and his valiance in a losing effort would be lauded. Dave Doyle, MMA Junkie, "Colby Covington's comeuppance trumps everything, even his show of heart at UFC 245 | Opinion," 15 Dec. 2019 After about eight minutes, the man in red shoes walks down the alley and goes through the back door. Ralph Ellis And Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "Woman sues Chicago nightclub, alleging security guards stood by as she was sexually assaulted in an alley," 1 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "MullenLowe and Mediahub moving to the Seaport," 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, "CBS and Viacom Reunite Just in Time for a Media Fight," 14 Aug. 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shoe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoeing. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for shoe

shoe

noun
How to pronounce shoe (audio)

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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