Definitions for: Hoof


[n] the foot of an ungulate mammal
[n] the horny covering of the end of the foot in hoofed mammals
[v] dance in a professional capacity (slang)
[v] walk (informal); "let's hoof it to the disco"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hoof, n.; pl. Hoofs, very rarely Hooves. [OE. hof,
AS. h[=o]f; akin to D. hoef, G1huf, 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. --Tennyson.

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, 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.


Hoof, n.

On the hoof, of cattle, standing (on the hoof); not
slaughtered. Hook Hook, n. (Geog.)
A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned landward at
the outer end; as, Sandy Hook.

Synonyms: foot, hoof it, leg it

See Also: animal foot, cloven foot, cloven hoof, dance, foot, hoof, hoofed mammal, horny structure, horse's foot, horse's hoof, toe, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, unguis, ungulate, walk

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