: of or relating to tap dancing done in soft-soled shoes without metal taps

Examples of soft-shoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dressed identically in pale blue suits, bow ties and straw hats, the dancers synchronize blissfully with the music (a soft-shoe tune by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer) and with one another. Jesse Green, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soft-shoe was in 1888

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“Soft-shoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft-shoe. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a form of stage dancing developed from tap dancing but done with soft-soled shoes and at a slower tempo and more relaxed rhythm

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