There are 2 main definitions of boot in English:

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boot 1

Pronunciation: /buːt/


1A sturdy item of footwear covering the foot and ankle, and sometimes also the lower leg: a pair of walking boots
More example sentences
  • This winter's stylish footwear, from ankle boots to sneakers, will have you praying for more days of snowfall.
  • You will need to wear sturdy footwear, preferably boots, old warm clothes including waterproofs, and bring a packed lunch.
  • She was wearing a white dress, which came pass her knees; she wore no sandals, boots, or footwear of any kind.
football boot
informal welly, bovver boot
British informal beetle-crusher
trademark Doc Martens
historical buskin, napoleon, top boot
1.1A covering to protect the lower part of a horse’s leg.
Example sentences
  • Horse boots and bandages are a category that has been increased as equestrians are requesting more specialized products.
  • After unloading Frankie from the float, she gave him one last brush, then put his saddle, bridle and boots on.
  • These boots are essential for horses competing in stressful events such as barrel racing, show jumping, cross country jumping, etc.
1.2 historical An instrument of torture encasing and crushing the foot.
Example sentences
  • In Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the character of Esmeralda is tortured using the boot.
  • Alternatively, the boot could be filled with cool water and then heated over a fire.
  • Sometimes the boot was heated until red hot during interrogation, a reference to this practice is found in Grimm's fairytales.
1.3US short for Denver boot.
2 informal A hard kick: he got a boot in the stomach
3British An enclosed space at the back of a car for carrying luggage or other goods.
Example sentences
  • The boot space takes the luggage of a family of four, excluding quad bikes.
  • I've made ample use of the boot space itself, and even managed to squeeze a dining table and four chairs in the back, which was rather impressive.
  • Plus there's a colossal boot, loads of space inside, extremely comfortable seats and a genuine sense of quality.
4 (also boot-up) [usually as modifier] The process of starting a computer and putting it into a state of readiness for operation: a boot disk
More example sentences
  • As you can probably tell by the loud buzzing and whirring sounds your computer makes when you turn it on, the boot-up process puts a lot of strain on your system.
  • It's like setting Windows in hibernation mode so that it doesn't have to go through the entire boot-up process when it's called upon.
  • It includes a system monitoring tool and utilities to change the boot-up image and to update the BIOS.


[with object]
1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Kick (something) hard in a specified direction: he ended up booting the ball into the stand
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  • They shoved the door open - kicking it, booting it, shoving three or four times, and as they shoved the door open I put the knife through the gap.
  • When York kicked off by booting the ball straight out and then giving away a first-minute penalty for offside, things looked bleak.
  • Each time she missed, Jesse taunted her again, until Amber was so angry with him that she booted it the hardest she ever had.
kick, punt, bunt, strike with the foot, tap;
propel, drive, knock, send;
Scottish  blooter
1.1 (boot someone off) informal Force someone to leave a vehicle unceremoniously: a guard booted two children off a train
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  • Nikko does have a lot of fans, and there were a lot of people who thought that he had been booted off too early.
  • Not to worry, we can stay here until they boot us off.
  • He sat next to her on the bed, nervous of whether she'd boot him off or not.
1.2 (boot someone out) informal Force someone to leave a place or job unceremoniously: she had been booted out of school
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  • If they break the law they will be booted out of the country.
  • Firms hired to improve hygiene will be told to clean up their act - or they will be booted out.
  • Once in, the members must follow certain protocols of interaction (either directly or indirectly enforced) or they are booted out.
2Start (a computer) and put it into a state of readiness for operation: the menu will be ready as soon as you boot up your computer [no object]: the system won’t boot from the original drive
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  • Instead of booting from the hard disk, your computer will now boot from the floppy and a menu will appear.
  • Then the infected floppy disks may infect other computers that boot from them, and the virus copy on the hard disk will try to infect still more floppies.
  • You have to hit the Connect button before you boot up your computer.
start up, fire up, prepare, ready, make ready
3US Place a wheel clamp on (an illegally parked car): once a car is booted, the owner must pay all fines plus a fee to have the boot removed
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  • At the time I was booted, I was parked legitimately.
  • Vehicles that block dumpsters will be subject to being booted and/or towed.
  • If any number of tickets are not paid within 30 days of being issued, the vehicle will be booted.



the boot (or North American shoe) is on the other foot

The situation, in particular the holding of advantage, has reversed: the reorganization means the boot is now on the other foot
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  • How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot?
  • Funny how things change when the shoe is on the other foot.
  • I'm not there, but at home, though I am often at conferences like these, so the shoe is on the other foot for once.

boots and all

Australian /NZ informal With no holds barred; wholeheartedly: Canberra’s cabbies go in boots and all for a fair deal
More example sentences
  • I went in, boots and all, and tried to kick people around before they were ready.
  • She is also a woman with an eye for a bargain so, when Jill came across a cancelled Italian kitchen order, she was in - Italian boots and all.
  • They are now in there, boots and all, regulating the market.

boots on the ground

informal Ground troops who are on active service in a military operation: they could have gone to their allies and got more boots on the ground while he backs high-tech warfare, he also sees boots on the ground as essential
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  • The revolutionary transformation of modern military forces has not reduced the need for boots on the ground.
  • You've got to have boots on the ground.
  • We will figure out what the right combination of boots on the ground may be.

die with one's boots on

Die in battle or while actively occupied: Bill had died with his boots on, caught by suction in a waste pipe
More example sentences
  • I'm a third-generation Texan, inheritor of the ‘die with our boots on’ culture, and I do have a handgun license.
  • Like most good actors, some day I hope I die with my boots on.’
  • ‘This is my way of giving back to society what it has given to me,’ says the young and energetic officer, who admittedly would like to die with his boots on.

get the boot

informal Be dismissed from one’s job.
Example sentences
  • Well, he got the boot after a series of mediocre interviews.
  • That's why I was hired in the first place, but I can't really say whether I left or I got the boot.
  • Unfortunately, it came down to only one winner, and the other got the boot.

give someone the boot

informal Dismiss someone from their job: the chairman denied he had been given the boot
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  • She knows what she did was wrong and I have spoken to her about it but I am not giving her the boot from the band.
  • Plenty of less understanding women would give you the boot.
  • Please practise what you preach or we will give you the boot!

old boot

informal An ugly or disliked old woman.
Example sentences
  • She was dying to chat to me, but to be honest I couldn't be bothered to talk to this old boot.
  • Imagine feeling a little bored while you're sketching a gnarled old boot in your art class.
  • Is it just me or is Chantelle looking like a right old boot?

put the boot in (or into someone)

British informal
Kick someone hard when they are on the ground: they crash his bulk to the floor and put the boot in
More example sentences
  • So let's put the boot in hard and unrelentingly.
  • One of the most endearing things about him is that when he's got one of his enemies down on the ground, and he's really put the boot in, he doesn't stop.
  • In other words, nobody to get worked up about if the skinheads decided to put the boot in.
8.1Treat someone vulnerable in a cruel way: the move was just another way of putting the boot in
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  • And, putting the boot in, they described his advisers as ‘a miserable bunch’ and said that ‘unless they grasp this issue they will lose the election’.
  • He is such a nice man that one hesitates to put the boot in.
  • It is a position where all parties come away with their own victories and do not see the other party putting the boot in and taking all the profit themselves at their expense.

with one's heart in one's boots

In a state of great depression or trepidation: I had to follow her with my heart in my boots
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  • Connie sat and listened with her heart in her boots, as Field was filling petrol.
  • I went to this conference with my heart in my boots.
  • The team left Alicante with their heart in their boots, knowing that an unforgettable period in their lives was behind them.

you (can) bet your boots

informal Used to express absolute certainty: you can bet your boots that the patrol has raised the alarm
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  • If it's not those fancy new shoes they're wearing, you can bet your boots they didn't prepare properly before hitting the slopes at the weekend.
  • If such a clinical study existed then you can bet your boots that they would have published it in full.
  • And of course you can bet your boots that these are the first, but many other MS-tools are to follow.



Pronunciation: /ˈbuːtɪd/
sense 1 of the noun, sense 3 of the noun.
Example sentences
  • The booted woman and her barefoot companion
  • I am taken by surprise by a booted foot as it slams into the back of my head.
  • The plank under her booted feet groaned in protest.


Middle English: from Old Norse bóti or its source, Old French bote, of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with boot

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boot 2

Pronunciation: /buːt/


(in phrase to boot)
As well; in addition: she was a woman of uninspiring appearance and a dreadful bore to boot
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  • It is therefore a building of great historical importance, and a beautiful building to boot.
  • Oh, and there's a gardener's cottage at the back of the building to boot.
  • We don't know where our next broadband is coming from, and I'm off work until the middle of next week, to boot.


Old English bōt 'advantage, remedy', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boete and German Busse 'penance, fine', also to better1 and best.

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