heel

Your heel is the rear part of your foot. Most people walk by placing their weight first on one heel, then shifting to their toes before stepping with the opposite foot.

If you take tap dancing lessons, you'll learn to tap with both your toes and your heels — feet have heels, and so do shoes. The base of the palm of your hand is also a heel, and when you walk your dog on a leash, keeping her at your side, you're teaching her to heel. The word also describes the very end of a loaf of bread, or an utter jerk — this informal meaning comes from U.S. mobster slang.

Primary Meanings of heel

1.
nv
the back part of the human foot
follow at the heels of a person
2.
n
someone who is morally reprehensible
3.
n
one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
4.
v
tilt to one side
Full Definitions of heel
1

n the back part of the human foot

Type of:
skeletal structure
any structure created by the skeleton of an organism

n the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation

Types:
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Cuban heel
a broad heel of medium height on women's shoes
French heel
a fairly high narrow heel on women's shoes
spike, spike heel, stiletto heel
a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
stacked heel
a heel made of many layers of leather
wedge, wedge heel
a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
wineglass heel
a heel on a woman's shoe in the shape of a wineglass
Type of:
bottom, underside, undersurface
the lower side of anything

n (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft

Type of:
part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact

n the lower end of a ship's mast

Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length

v follow at the heels of a person

Type of:
follow, travel along
travel along a certain course

v put a new heel on

heel shoes”
Synonyms:
reheel
Type of:
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

v perform with the heels

heel that dance”
Type of:
dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

v strike with the heel of the club

heel a golf ball”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking
2

n someone who is morally reprehensible

Synonyms:
blackguard, bounder, cad, dog, hound
Types:
perisher
bounder
Type of:
scoundrel, villain
a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
3

n one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread

Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length
4

v tilt to one side

“The balloon heeled over”
“the wind made the vessel heel
Synonyms:
list
lean, list
cause to lean to the side
Type of:
angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
to incline or bend from a vertical position

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