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.

Definitions of heel
  1. noun
    the back part of the human foot
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    skeletal structure
    any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
  2. noun
    the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
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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
  3. noun
    (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
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    type of:
    part, portion
    something less than the whole of a human artifact
  4. noun
    the lower end of a ship's mast
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    type of:
    end, terminal
    either extremity of something that has length
  5. verb
    follow at the heels of a person
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    type of:
    follow, travel along
    travel along a certain course
  6. verb
    put a new heel on
    heel shoes”
    synonyms: reheel
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    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
  7. verb
    perform with the heels
    heel that dance”
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    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
  8. verb
    strike with the heel of the club
    heel a golf ball”
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    hit
    cause to move by striking
  9. noun
    someone who is morally reprehensible
    synonyms: blackguard, bounder, cad, dog, hound
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    perisher
    bounder
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    scoundrel, villain
    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
  10. noun
    one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
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    type of:
    end, terminal
    either extremity of something that has length
  11. verb
    tilt to one side
    “The balloon heeled over”
    “the wind made the vessel heel
    synonyms: list
    lean, list
    cause to lean to the side
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    type of:
    angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
    to incline or bend from a vertical position
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