A foot is to a human what a hoof is to a horse, a goat, or a giraffe. Each hoof protects the animal and helps it to walk and run.

A hoof is made of keratin, just like your fingernails, but it tends to be thicker and harder since it has to bear the weight of the animal. Hoof can also be a verb that, surprisingly enough, applies to humans. Maybe you have offered someone a ride, only to be told, "No, I think I'll just hoof it," meaning walk or otherwise go on foot. Hoof is sometimes substituted for dance if the person doing it is getting paid.

Definitions of hoof

n the foot of an ungulate mammal

cloven foot, cloven hoof
a hoof divided into two parts at its distal extremity (as of ruminants or swine)
horse's foot
the hoof of a horse
Type of:
animal foot, foot
the pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings

n the horny covering of the end of the foot in ungulate mammals

Type of:
horny structure, unguis
any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin

v walk

“let's hoof it to the disco”
foot, hoof it, leg it
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v dance in a professional capacity

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

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