What does hoof mean?

Definitions for hoofhʊf, huf

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hoof(noun)

    the foot of an ungulate mammal

  2. hoof(verb)

    the horny covering of the end of the foot in ungulate mammals

  3. foot, leg it, hoof, hoof it(verb)


    "let's hoof it to the disco"

  4. hoof(verb)

    dance in a professional capacity


  1. hoof(Noun)

    The tip of a toe of an ungulate such as a horse, ox or deer, strengthened by a thick keratin covering.

  2. hoof(Noun)

    The human foot.

  3. hoof(Verb)

    To trample with hooves.

  4. hoof(Verb)

    To walk.

  5. hoof(Verb)

    To dance, especially as a professional.

  6. hoof(Verb)

    to kick, especially to kick the football a long way downfield with little accuracy.

  7. Origin: hof, from hōfaz (compare / hoef, Huf, hov), from ḱoph₂ós (compare копыто 'hoof', копать 'to dig', , शफ 'hoof, claw').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hoof(noun)

    the horny substance or case that covers or terminates the feet of certain animals, as horses, oxen, etc

  2. Hoof(noun)

    a hoofed animal; a beast

  3. Hoof(noun)

    see Ungula

  4. Hoof(verb)

    to walk as cattle

  5. Hoof(verb)

    to be on a tramp; to foot

  6. Origin: [OE. hof, AS. hf; akin to D. hoef, G. huf, OHG. huof, Icel. hfr, Sw. hof, Dan. hov; cf. Russ. kopuito, Skr. apha. 225.]


  1. Hoof

    A hoof, plural hooves or hoofs, is the tip of a toe of an ungulate mammal, strengthened by a thick, horny, keratin covering. The hoof consists of a hard or rubbery sole and a hard wall formed by a thick nail rolled around the tip of the toe. The weight of the animal is normally borne by both the sole and the edge of the hoof wall. Hooves grow continuously, and are constantly worn down by use. Most even-toed ungulates have two main hooves on each foot, together called a cloven hoof. Most of these cloven-hoofed animals also have two smaller hoofs called dew-claws a little further up the leg – these are not normally used for walking, but in some species with larger dew-claws they may touch the ground when running or jumping, or if the ground is soft. Other cloven-hoofed animals have no dew claws. In some so-called "cloven-hoofed" animals such as camels, there are no hooves proper – the toe is softer, and the hoof itself is reduced to little more than a nail. Some odd-toed ungulates have one hoof on each foot; others have three distinct hoofed or heavily nailed toes, or one hoof and two dew-claws. The tapir is a special case, having three toes on each hind foot and four toes on each front foot.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hoof

    hōōf, n. the horny substance on the feet of certain animals, as horses, &c.: a hoofed animal:—pl. Hoofs, Hooves.—v.i. (of a hoofed animal) to walk.—adjs. Hoof′-bound, having a contraction of the hoof causing lameness; Hoofed; Hoof′less, without hoofs,—n. Hoof-mark, the mark of an animal's hoof on the ground, &c.—adj. Hoof′-shaped.—Cloven hoof (see Cloven). [A.S. hóf; Ger. huf, Ice. hófr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoof in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoof in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Victor Hugo:

    Wherever the Turkish hoof trods, no grass grows.

  2. Aesop:

    While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.

  3. Boris Johnson:

    If you want an example of EU foreign policy-making on the hoof, and of the EU's pretensions to running a defense policy that have caused real trouble, then look at what has happened in Ukraine.

  4. President Obama:

    We gather here to honor the courage of ordinary Americans willing to endure billy clubs and the chastening rod; tear gas and the trampling hoof; men and women who despite the gush of blood and splintered bone would stay true to their North Star and keep marching toward justice.

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