hoof1 [hu:f US huf, hu:f] n plural hoofs or hooves [hu:vz US huvz, hu:vz]
↑hoof, ↑horn
[: Old English; Origin: hof]
1.) the hard foot of an animal such as a horse, cow etc
2.) on the hoof
BrE if you do something on the hoof, you do it quickly while doing something else at the same time
hoof 2
hoof2 v
hoof it informal
to run or walk quickly

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  • Hoof — Hoof, v. i. 1. To walk as cattle. [R.] William Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. To be on a tramp; to foot. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster] {To hoof it}, to foot it. {On the hoof}, of cattle, standing (on the hoof); not slaughtered. {beef on the hoof}, live… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoof — bezeichnet: Hoof (Ostertal), Ortsteil der Stadt St. Wendel im Saarland Hoof (Schauenburg), Ortsteil der Gemeinde Schauenburg in Nord Hessen. Hoof ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Joachim Hoof (* 1957), deutscher Bankmanager …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hoof — ► NOUN (pl. hoofs or hooves) ▪ the horny part of the foot of a horse, cow, etc. ► VERB informal 1) kick (a ball) powerfully. 2) (hoof it) go on foot. 3) (hoof it) dance …   English terms dictionary

  • hoof — [ho͞of, hoof] n. pl. hoofs or hooves [ho͞ovz, hoovz] [ME hoof < OE hof, akin to Ger huf < IE base * kapho > Sans s̍aphá , hoof, claw] 1. the horny covering on the feet of ungulate mammals: see HORSE 2. the entire foot of such an animal 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Hoof — (h[=oo]f), n.; pl. {Hoofs} (h[=oo]fs), very rarely {Hooves} (h[=oo]vz). [OE. hof, AS. h[=o]f; akin to D. hoef, G. huf, OHG. huof, Icel. h[=o]fr, Sw. hof, Dan. hov; cf. Russ. kopuito, Skr. [,c]apha. [root]225.] 1. The horny substance or case that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hoof — hu̇f, hüf n, pl hooves hüvz, hu̇vz also hoofs a horny covering that protects the ends of the toes of numerous plant eating 4 footed mammals (as horses or cattle) also a hoofed foot * * * (hoof) [L. ungula] the hard, horny casing of the end of… …   Medical dictionary

  • hoof — has a plural from hooves (more usual) or hoofs …   Modern English usage

  • hoof|er — «HUF uhr, HOO fuhr», noun. Slang. 1. a professional dancer, especially a tap dancer. 2. a habitual walker …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hoof — A hoof 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… …   Wikipedia

  • hoof it — verb walk let s hoof it to the disco • Syn: ↑foot, ↑leg it, ↑hoof • Derivationally related forms: ↑foot (for: ↑foot), ↑footer …   Useful english dictionary

  • hoof — {{11}}hoof (n.) O.E. hof hoof, from P.Gmc. *hofaz (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. hof, O.N. hofr, Dan. hov, Du. hoef, Ger. Huf hof ), from PIE *kop to beat, strike (Cf. Skt. saphah hoof ). For spelling, see HOOD ( …   Etymology dictionary

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