SKIP TO CONTENT

hoof

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
  1. noun
    the foot of an ungulate mammal
    see moresee less
    types:
    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
  2. noun
    the horny covering of the end of the foot in ungulate mammals
    see moresee less
    type of:
    horny structure, unguis
    any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin
  3. verb
    walk
    “let's hoof it to the disco”
    synonyms: foot, hoof it, leg it
    see moresee less
    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  4. verb
    dance in a professional capacity
    see moresee less
    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
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week