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Syllabification: plim·soll
Pronunciation: /ˈplimsəl
, ˈplimsōl
(also plimsole)

Definition of plimsoll in English:


A light rubber-soled canvas shoe, worn especially for sports.
Example sentences
  • She is already wealthier than the 50 school friends she once ran with, in plimsolls and skirts.
  • Athletes must complete a 200-yard circuit, gingerly stepping over obstacles in their path such as fast-food containers, cans of lager and noxious-smelling plimsolls.
  • And, comfortable as they may look, O'Neill also urges parents to campaign against any school policy that requires children to wear plimsolls inside at all times.


late 19th century: probably from the resemblance of the side of the sole to a Plimsoll line.

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