- 1(Of a shoe) with the heel worn down.More example sentences
- On the other hand, you could write, of the same individual: His shoes were down-at-heel and his raincoat was streaked with dirt.
- Chinese servants should not (strictly speaking) appear before their masters in short clothes, nor without socks, nor with shoes down at heel, nor with their tail tied round the head.
- Make sure your shoes are well polished and not down-at-heel
- 2Having a poor, shabby appearance: down-at-heel areasMore example sentences
run down, dilapidated, in disrepair, neglected, uncared-for, unmaintained, depressed; seedy, insalubrious, squalid, sleazy, slummy, seamy, sordid, dingy, mean, wretchedBritish • informal grottyscruffy, shabby, shabbily dressed, poorly dressed, shoddy, ragged, out at elbows, tattered, mangy, sorry, disreputable; unkempt, bedraggled, messy, dishevelled, ungroomed, ill-groomed, sleazy, seedy, slatternly, untidy, slovenly; dirty, squalid, filthyBritish • informal grottyNorth American • informal raggedy
- Had I gone at 17 I have no doubt I would have been staying in a down-at-heel guest house.
- Both are better bets than the rather down-at-heel Caruso Belvedere.
- Vince Vaughn is Peter, a likeable slacker who runs the down-at-heel Average Joe's Gym.