From Middle English hoof, hof, from Old English hōf, from Proto-Germanic *hōfaz (compare West Frisian hoef, Dutch hoef, German Huf, Danish hov, Norwegian hov, Swedish hov), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱoph₂ós (compare Sanskrit शफ (śaphá, “hoof, claw”), Avestan 𐬯𐬀𐬟𐬀 (safa, “hoof”), possibly Czech, Polish kopyto).
- The tip of a toe of an ungulate such as a horse, ox or deer, strengthened by a thick keratin covering.
- (slang) The human foot.
- Get your hooves off me!
- 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 110):
- He is a huge man, six feet four on bare hoofs and composed of two hundred and seventy pounds of solid bone and muscle.
- (geometry, dated) An ungula.
- To trample with hooves.
- (colloquial) To walk.
- (informal) To dance, especially as a professional.
- (colloquial, football (soccer), transitive) To kick, especially to kick a football a long way downfield with little accuracy.
- Synonym: boot
hoof (plural hoofde)
- garden (an outdoor area containing one or more types of plants)