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This page has 21 definitions of shoe in English and Middle English. Shoe is a noun, verb and pronoun. Examples of how to use shoe in a sentence are shown. Also define these 34 related words and terms: foot, leather, plastic, synthetic, ankle, boot, horseshoe, card game, shuffle, brake shoe, architecture, engineering, slipper, gib, boat money, shoe money, tread, pneumatic, tire, automobile, put, own, feet, someone, something else, -'s, especially, horse, cover, object, protective, layer, material, and sche.

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From Middle English scho, sho, from Old English sċōh (shoe), from Proto-West Germanic *skōh, from Proto-Germanic *skōhaz (shoe), of unclear etymology; possibly a derivation from *skehaną (to move quickly), from Proto-Indo-European *skek- (to move quickly, jump).

Eclipsed non-native Middle English sabatine, sabatoun (shoe) from Medieval Latin sabatēnum, sabatum (shoe, slipper) (compare Old Occitan sabatō, Spanish zapato (shoe), French sabot (wooden shoe, clog), Italian ciabatta).

The archaic plural shoon is from Middle English shon, from Old English scōn, scōum (shoes, dative plural) and scōna (shoes', genitive plural); it is cognate with Scots shuin (shoes).



shoe (plural shoes or (archaic, dialectal) shoon or (obsolete) shoen)

  1. A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boots, which do.
    Get your shoes on now, or you'll be late for school.
    • Ankle definition
      The skeletal joint which connects the foot with the leg; the uppermost portion of the foot and lowermost portion of the leg, which contain this skeletal joint.
  2. A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
    Throw the shoe from behind the line, and try to get it to land circling (a ringer) or touching the far stake.
    • Horseshoe definition
      The U-shaped shoe of a horse, now typically made of metal; by extension, a representation of this used to play the game horseshoes, hung as a luck charm, etc. (1 of 5 horseshoe definitions)
  3. (card games) A device for holding multiple decks of playing cards, allowing more games to be played by reducing the time between shuffles.
  4. Something resembling a shoe in form, position, or function, such as a brake shoe.
    Remember to turn the rotors when replacing the brake shoes, or they will wear out unevenly.
    1. A band of iron or steel, or a ship of wood, fastened to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh, or any vehicle which slides on the snow.
    2. A drag, or sliding piece of wood or iron, placed under the wheel of a loaded vehicle, to retard its motion in going down a hill.
    3. The part of a railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
    4. (architecture) A trough-shaped or spout-shaped member, put at the bottom of the water leader coming from the eaves gutter, so as to throw the water off from the building.
    5. A trough or spout for conveying grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
    6. An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
    7. An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.
    8. An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
    9. (engineering) A plate, or notched piece, interposed between a moving part and the stationary part on which it bears, to take the wear and afford means of adjustment; called also slipper and gib.
    10. Part of a current collector on electric trains which provides contact either with a live rail or an overhead wire (fitted to a pantograph in the latter case).
    11. (historical) An ingot of gold or silver shaped somewhat like a traditional Chinese shoe, formerly used in trade in the Far East.
      Synonyms: (uncountable) boat money, (uncountable) shoe money
      • 1806, Lawrence Dundas Campbell, E. Samuel, The Asiatic Annual Register, page 56:
        The finest gold among them is 100 touch, called Sycee, i. e. pure gold without alloy: so that if a shoe of gold touch 93, then it hath 93 parts of fine gold and 7 parts alloy.
    • Slipper definition
      A low soft shoe that can be slipped on and off easily. (1 of 10 slipper definitions)
    • Shoe Money definition
      Money in the form of shoes (ingots of gold or silver formerly used in trade in the Far East).
  5. The outer cover or tread of a pneumatic tire, especially for an automobile.
    • Automobile definition
      A type of vehicle designed to move on the ground under its own stored power and intended to carry a driver, a small number of additional passengers, and a very limited amount of other load. A car or motorcar.
  6. (by extension, slang) A pneumatic tire, especially for an automobile.


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shoe (third-person singular simple present shoes, present participle shoeing, simple past shod or shoed, past participle (obsolete) shodden or shod or shoed)

  1. (intransitive) To put shoes on one's own feet.
    Men and women clothed and shod for the ascent.
  2. (transitive) To put shoes on someone or something else's feet, especially to put horseshoes on a horse.
  3. (intransitive, chiefly as past participle) To cover an object with a protective layer of material.
    The billiard cue stick was shod in silver.
    • 1930, Sax Rohmer, The Day the World Ended, published 1969, page iv. 38:
      And they had been made by the same brand of tire as that which shod the car I sat in!


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Middle English



  1. Alternative form of sche
    • Sche definition
      third-person singular feminine pronoun: she (1 of 2 sche definitions)