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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cloven hoof
▪ But horses have yet to evolve a hoof suitable for constant wear on hard surfaces or rough stony tracks.
▪ Deer are supposed to be quiet creatures, but this one made a sound, each hoof crisp on the asphalt.
▪ Except for a lame and swollen front hoof, the bull appeared fine, if dazed by all the commotion.
▪ In one of these potholes, Estrelita's front right hoof became trapped.
▪ The sound of a horse in harness, of its hoof idly striking a stone!
▪ While fitzAlan hefted the grey's hoof and set to work, she glanced about, absently patting Chalon's velvety muzzle.
▪ Romero acts and sings, and even hoofs a little.
▪ Now you could don solid-sequined tap shoes to hoof with Rosie and her tap team on an electronically amplified stop sign.
▪ Sadly, most soccer sims just involve hoofing it up the pitch and loads of chasing aimlessly after the ball.
▪ So much for a passing game - hoof the ball into the other half and see what happens.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hoof \Hoof\ (h[=oo]f), n.; pl. Hoofs (h[=oo]fs), very rarely Hooves (h[=oo]vz). [OE. hof, AS. h[=o]f; akin to D. hoef, G. huf, OHG. huof, Icel. h[=o]fr, Sw. hof, Dan. hov; cf. Russ. kopuito, Skr. [,c]apha. [root]225.]

  1. The horny substance or case that covers or terminates the feet of certain animals, as horses, oxen, etc.

    On burnished hooves his war horse trode.

  2. A hoofed animal; a beast.

    Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not a hoof be left behind.
    --Ex. x. 26.

  3. (Geom.) See Ungula.


Hoof \Hoof\, v. i.

  1. To walk as cattle. [R.]
    --William Scott.

  2. To be on a tramp; to foot. [Slang, U.S.]

    To hoof it, to foot it.

    On the hoof, of cattle, standing (on the hoof); not slaughtered.

    beef on the hoof, live cattle.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hof "hoof," from Proto-Germanic *hofaz (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian hof, Old Norse hofr, Danish hov, Dutch hoef, German Huf "hof"), from PIE *kop- "to beat, strike" (cognates: Sanskrit saphah "hoof"). For spelling, see hood (n.1).


"to walk" (hoof it), first attested 1640s, from hoof (n.); slang meaning "to dance" is 1920, American English (implied in hoofer). Related: Hoofed; hoofing.


n. 1 The tip of a toe of an ungulate such as a horse, ox or deer, strengthened by a thick keratin covering. 2 (context slang English) The human foot. 3 (context geometry dated English) An ungul

  1. v

  2. 1 To trample with hooves. 2 (context colloquial English) To walk. 3 (context informal English) To dance, especially as a professional. 4 (context colloquial football transitive English) to kick, especially to kick the football a long way downfield with little accuracy.

  1. n. the foot of an ungulate mammal

  2. the horny covering of the end of the foot in hoofed mammals

  3. [also: hooves (pl)]

  1. v. walk; "let's hoof it to the disco" [syn: foot, leg it, hoof it]

  2. dance in a professional capacity

  3. [also: hooves (pl)]


A hoof ( or ), plural hooves ( or ) or hoofs , is the tip of a toe of an ungulate mammal, strengthened by a thick, horny, keratin covering.

Usage examples of "hoof".

And saw a stream of animals, hoofed, padded, clawed and dashing, splashing through the ponds for Various Aquatic Birds, setting the night aflight - all of them making for the rear gate that opened to the Tiroler Garten.

Wrapping the reins more securely around his fist, Alec coaxed the nervous mare along with soothing words as her hooves struck loose stones.

The muffled sound of hooves on the dirt trail lulled Angelina into a near sleep.

Downward they fled, From under the haunted roof, To the valley aquake with the tread Of an iron-resounding hoof, As of legions of thunderful horse Broken loose and in line tramping hard.

The Armiger had brought down a small, hoofed animal which I did not know.

The water splashed down his legs to his hooves and flowed on out of the baobab tree, tapering off as its volume diminished.

The head pushed forward, bringing into visibility thickly maned shoulders, forefeet with sharply split hooves as dreadfully bedabbled as the horns.

But after a little while there were no sounds of wheels or hoofs on the gravel, and Bibbs, glancing up, saw that every one had gone.

The ranks had loosened in this madness so the valley seemed filled with big men on big horses, the sunlight catching their swords, the brass-plated straps of the bicornes, and the gleaming hooves that drove them on.

On the metalled road the rubbered tyres spun silently, and only the flying hoofs clattered and soon they had left the made road and turned on to the hard-beaten track that led to Billabong, where progress was even smoother.

Once more Bink had lucked out: he was miraculously untouched by either hoof or needles.

There was a grunt, more anguished bleating, and the click-click-click of little hooves on bare floor.

The horses wore no blinders and the long white hair around their unshod hooves was flung from side to side by their dancing feet.

Then there was being half squoze to a pulp, and then three-quarters drownded, and then nine-tenths bludged to death, and then having his hoof punctuated.

Her father was out in the back painting the kennel that one of his pals from the bookies had made for Hooves.