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snow·​shoe ˈsnō-ˌshü How to pronounce snowshoe (audio)
: 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

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snowshoed; snowshoeing

intransitive verb

: to travel on snowshoes
snowshoer noun

Examples of snowshoe in a Sentence

Verb We snowshoed through the woods.
Recent Examples on the Web
Our guide, Marlène Galletti, who greeted us with snowshoes, hiking poles, headlamps, and a Blue Healer ready to rumble. Marlise Kast-Myers, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 Trudging in snowshoes alongside Stevens is Darryl Lucien, an attorney for the 40 Acre group who has acted as a liaison between the nonprofit and officials in local and state government. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for snowshoe 

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Word History

First Known Use


1666, in the meaning defined above


1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowshoe was in 1666

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Cite this Entry

“Snowshoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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snow·​shoe -ˌshü How to pronounce snowshoe (audio)
: a light frame (as of wood or aluminum) strung with a net that is attached to the foot to prevent sinking in soft snow


2 of 2 verb
snowshoed; snowshoeing
: to travel on snowshoes

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