\ 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


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

Other Words from shoe


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another example: a shopper could one day set foot in a shoe store and see every display suddenly personalized for them, or see if a sneaker in front of them is available in their size, posed Scott Belsky, chief product officer at Adobe. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, 28 July 2022 Her sons wanted to build a house and open a shoe store in this town of about 1,500 people known for its shoemaking. FÉlix MÁrquez, ajc, 14 July 2022 Her sons wanted to build a house and open a shoe store in this town of about 1,500 people known for its shoemaking. Félix Márquez, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 One woman was trapped under the Buick Enclave after its driver, an 81-year-old woman, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the shoe store, located in The Commons shopping center at 1170 E. 2100 South. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 July 2022 After the shooting, authorities said Coley hid the gun in a house behind the shoe store. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 Saks’ one-story shoe store at Wilshire and Bedford Drive, a 1990s addition, would be removed to make way for an office building. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 The Free Press didn't publish its first news picture on the front page until Jan. 28, 1900 — a photo of British royalty, although the first photograph to appear on the front page was an advertisement for a shoe store on Woodward near Jefferson. Dan Austin, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2022 On Tuesday, a Southern California shoe store owner mistakenly shot a 9-year-old girl while firing at two shoplifters at the Mall of Victor Valley, police said. CBS News, 19 Apr. 2022 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., 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 See More

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First Known Use of shoe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shoe


Middle English shoo, from Old English scōh; akin to Old High German scuoh shoe

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\ 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


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: The Cross of Lead

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