Definition of hoof in English:

hoof

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Pronunciation: /huːf
 
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noun (plural hoofs or hooves /-vz/)

The horny part of the foot of an ungulate animal, especially a horse: there was a clatter of hoofs as a rider came up to them
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  • With their teeth, hooves, horns and dung, wildebeest have literally cultivated the grasslands.
  • I closed my eyes, the horses hooves and the rocking of the carriage almost lulling me to sleep.
  • She heard the clopping of horse hooves but she didn't know where it was coming from.
Synonyms
foot, trotter, cloven hoof
technical ungula, cloot

verb

[with object] informal Back to top  
1Kick (a ball) powerfully: he hoofed the ball 70 metres
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  • There can't be nine players hoofing the ball upfield from their own area any more, and if we play like that, then I don't fancy being part of it.
  • Borough's plan appeared to be nothing more than hoofing the ball as far and as high as they could into the Morecambe penalty area.
  • It never really came and it seemed as if both Jones and Wilkinson were obsessed with hoofing the ball down the middle of the park.
2 (hoof it) Go on foot: I paid the check and hoofed it over to Jane Street
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  • If you are required to keep your cart on the path, you can end up walking farther than you would have if you hoofed it.
  • Why go with a guide instead of hoofing it on your own?
  • The bus wheezed up the road to the village of Naggar, where we disembarked, hoisted our packs, and started hoofing it.
2.1Dance: we hoof it reasonably fancily, and no one guffaws
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  • Fred's a smart alec sailor who bumps into his old flame while on shore leave, and it's not long before they're hoofing it to ‘Let Yourself Go’ and ‘Dance’.
  • But, no, he really does run a dance club, and Maria is soon hoofing it in Geneva.
  • Certainly it's nothing new to see older dancers still hoofing it.

Origin

Old English hōf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoef and German Huf.

Phrases

on the hoof

1(Of livestock) not yet slaughtered: livestock on the hoof
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  • He said livestock was judged on the hoof at the show and subsequently slaughtered at the East London abattoir.
  • This all seemed to work well, but as well as this, according to the regulations, you must have a vet to first inspect all slaughter animals on the hoof - thus adding to the expense.
  • It is also used by a number of exporters in the Irish livestock industry who ship cattle on the hoof to Lebanon, Egypt and Europe.
2British informal Without proper thought or preparation: policy was made on the hoof
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  • Unfortunately they look set to continue the trend of setting parking policy on the hoof, in response to short-term financial pressures rather than in accordance with a long-term vision.
  • But too often, he appears to be making up crime policy on the hoof, like his decision today to release hundreds of criminals early because the prisons are full.
  • Are we about to witness more policy made on the hoof, or is this merely evidence they are struggling to defend the indefensible against valid widespread public protest?

Derivatives

hoofed

adjective
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  • If they're lucky, the couple will catch sight of the mousedeer, which is the world's smallest hoofed animal and features in local folklore.
  • Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious viral disease which causes blisters and fever in hoofed animals.
  • Lions prey mostly on hoofed animals, although they occasionally consume fallen fruit.

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