Definition of shoehorn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞oˌhôrn/


A curved instrument used to ease one’s heel into a shoe.
Example sentences
  • Use a long-handled shoehorn if you have trouble putting on shoes.
  • The firm buys cow horn, which is a by-product of the meat industry, and uses it to produce items such as spoons, walking sticks and shoehorns.
  • Aids include shoehorns with an extension handle, devices that help you pull up hosiery, shoes you close with Velcro rather than with shoelaces, and tools that grip buttons and zippers.


[with object]
Force into an inadequate space: people were shoehorned into cramped corners
More example sentences
  • A traditional marriage will be most advantageous for the blushing groom, but it's not the oppressive males who are forcing us up that aisle, or shoehorning us into white meringues.
  • Curious tourists gathered on Edinburgh's Royal Mile as volunteers, some climbing into the roof of the booth, others sitting on each other, slowly shoehorned themselves into the tiny space.
  • So shoehorning the problem of nuclear proliferation into the framework of terrorism is especially illogical, since the distinguishing feature of nuclear proliferation as an issue is its asymmetry.

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Syllabification: shoe·horn

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