Meaning of hoof

hoof

Pronunciation: (hoof, hf), [key]
— n., pl. v. hoofs hooves hoof
—n.
  1. the horny covering protecting the ends of the digits or encasing the foot in certain animals, as the ox and horse. See diag. under
  2. the entire foot of a horse, donkey, etc.
  3. a hoofed animal, esp. one of a herd.
  4. the human foot.
  5. (of livestock) not butchered; live: The city youngsters were seeing lambs on the hoof for the first time.
—v.t.
  1. to walk (often fol. by it): Let's hoof it to the supermarket.
—v.i.
  1. to dance, esp. to tap-dance: He's been hoofing at the Palladium.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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