Definition of plimsoll in English:


Line breaks: plim|soll
Pronunciation: /ˈplɪms(ə)l
(also plimsole)


  • A light rubber-soled canvas shoe, worn especially for sports.
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    • 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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