Definition of finnesko in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfinzkō/

noun (plural same)

A boot of tanned reindeer skin with the hair on the outside.
Example sentences
  • ‘Skis, or at least snowshoes,’ Ayres writes, ‘should have been mandatory on the expedition, as they distribute one's weight over a much larger area than a pair of feet in finnesko.’
  • Clearly, there's no shortage of readers eager to hitch a sledge-ride into the lost world of pemmican, finnesko, man-hauling and hoosh, satisfyingly sealed off in time by the jagged crevasse of World War I.
  • Finnesko boots were stuffed with saennegrass (a crinkly, Arctic grass) for insulation.


Late 19th century: from Norwegian finnsko, from Finn (see Finn) + sko (see shoe).

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Syllabification: finnes·ko

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