snowshoe

noun
snow·​shoe | \ ˈsnō-ˌshü How to pronounce snowshoe (audio) \

Definition of snowshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually lightweight platform for the foot that is designed to enable a person to walk on soft snow without sinking and that typically consists of an oblong frame crossed with leather thongs or synthetic material

snowshoe

verb
snowshoed; snowshoeing

Definition of snowshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

Illustration of snowshoe

Illustration of snowshoe

Noun

In the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from snowshoe

Verb

snowshoer \ ˈsnō-​ˌshü-​ər How to pronounce snowshoer (audio) \ noun

Examples of snowshoe in a Sentence

Verb We snowshoed through the woods.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These toe pads are not going to turn into big snowshoes, or something like that. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hurricanes Make Lizards Evolve Bigger Toe Pads," 29 Apr. 2020 Alison Leonhart spent most of the winter helping guests book ski and snowshoe tours at the Breckenridge Nordic Center in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Charlotte West, Fortune, "Why the Democratic candidates need to keep talking about student loans," 31 Mar. 2020 The relics of this distant past include tunics and mittens woven with wool, leather shoes, arrows are still adorned with feathers, and snowshoes made for horses. New York Times, "Warming Climate in Norway Reveals Relics of Ancient Viking Trade Route," 16 Apr. 2020 All of the trails are open to the general public; daily trail passes are $10 for the ski trails and $5 for the snowshoe or fat bike trails, which are open 9 a.m. to dusk when the resort is open. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin resort creates spinning ice carousel on frozen lake," 4 Mar. 2020 They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. National Geographic, "Snow leopard," 19 Mar. 2020 Glacier Point Road will remain open to Badger Pass as a staging area for cross-country skiing and snowshoe treks through next weekend, park rangers said. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Snow dump coming to Tahoe as other ski regions reel from coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 Watch fat tire bike and snowshoe demos, or gather at the campfire for hot cocoa and marshmallow roasting. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Flannel Fest, Echoes of the Past Trade Show, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 16 Feb. 2020 At the resort, snowshoe up secluded Mouse Tracks Gully or zip line over the trees. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Big Sky's Sweeping Revamp Moves the Montana Resort Beyond Ski," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pilots need to stay off of greens and tees while making sure not to interfere with other activities on the course, for instance, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. 1. John Pana, cleveland, "See aerial footage of 3 places you can fly your drone in the Cleveland Metroparks," 10 Apr. 2020 In the winter, families can snowshoe or cross-country ski 30 miles of trails or ice skate in the open-air pavilion. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "The Best All-inclusive Family Resorts (Video)," 13 Feb. 2020 For the most part, people who spend a lot of times in the backcountry snowmachining, skiing or snowshoeing understand that and take care to avoid causing more stress. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A long-awaited visit from whitetail ptarmigan leads to a moment captured forever," 26 Jan. 2020 From reindeer sausage eating competitions to snowshoe softball, there’s something for everyone at the 85th Fur Rendezvous festival. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "2 weeks of festivities to get you in the Fur Rondy spirit," 27 Feb. 2020 Rangers and volunteers from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Historic Sleeping Bear will offer winter activities such as sledding, snowshoeing and building snow sculptures. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Sleeping Bear Dunes to offer Fee Free Days in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Outside, enjoy playing in the snow, snowshoeing, wildlife walks and more. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Brite Winter and 15 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Feb. 22-23," 22 Feb. 2020 Red sandstone hogbacks, Horsetooth Reservoir coves and bridges are some of the highlights while snowshoeing here, while elevation stays at a pretty constant 5,500 feet or so above sea level. Mindy Sink, The Know, "The best snowshoeing trails that are just a short drive from Denver," 6 Dec. 2019 But that wasn’t the end of our snowshoeing for the day. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter yurt camping in the Porcupine Mountains is great for beginners," 6 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'snowshoe.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of snowshoe

Noun

1666, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1880, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about snowshoe

Time Traveler for snowshoe

Time Traveler

The first known use of snowshoe was in 1666

See more words from the same year

Statistics for snowshoe

Last Updated

10 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snowshoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowshoe. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for snowshoe

snowshoe

noun
How to pronounce snowshoe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snowshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light, wide frame that is attached to your shoe to make it easier to walk on soft snow without sinking

snowshoe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snowshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk with snowshoes

snowshoe

noun
snow·​shoe | \ ˈsnō-ˌshü How to pronounce snowshoe (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light wide frame (as of wood or aluminum) that is worn under a shoe to prevent sinking into soft snow

snowshoe

verb
snowshoed; snowshoeing

Kids Definition of snowshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk with snowshoes

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on snowshoe

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with snowshoe

Spanish Central: Translation of snowshoe

Nglish: Translation of snowshoe for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about snowshoe

Comments on snowshoe

What made you want to look up snowshoe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!