- jackboot (n.) also jack-boot, 1680s, type of large, strong cavalry boot of 17c.-18c., later a type worn by German military and para-military units in the Nazi period. From JACK (Cf. jack) (n.), though the exact sense here is unclear + BOOT (Cf. boot) (n.). Figurative of military oppression since 1768. Related: Jackbooted.
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jackboot — n. 1. a man s high tasseled boot. [19th century] Syn: Hessian boot, hessian, Wellington, Wellington boot. [WordNet 1.5] 2. A strong leather boot reaching up to or over the knee; it is worn mostly by soldiers. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
jackboot — ► NOUN ▪ a large leather military boot reaching to the knee. DERIVATIVES jackbooted adjective … English terms dictionary
jackboot — [jak′bo͞ot΄] n. [ JACK + BOOT1] a heavy, sturdy military boot that reaches above the knee … English World dictionary
Jackboot — Jackboots of the Household Cavalry, British Army The term Jackboot denotes two very different styles of military boot, the Cavalry Jackboot and the Hobnailed Jackboot, and its derivatives. Contents … Wikipedia
jackboot — UK [ˈdʒækˌbuːt] / US [ˈdʒækˌbut] noun [countable] Word forms jackboot : singular jackboot plural jackboots a heavy military boot that covers the bottom part of your leg up to the knee and is made of thick leather … English dictionary
jackboot — /jak booht /, n. 1. a sturdy leather boot reaching up over the knee, worn esp. by soldiers. 2. Also called jackboot tactics. brutally bullying, militaristic, or authoritarian measures. 3. a person who uses such measures. [1680 90; JACK1 + BOOT1]… … Universalium
jackboot — noun a) A glossy leather calf covering military boot, commonly associated with German soldiers of the WWII era. That country has been under the jackboot of the military for years. b) The spirit that motivates a totalitarian … Wiktionary
jackboot — [[t]ʤæ̱kbuːt[/t]] jackboots 1) N COUNT: usu pl Jackboots are heavy boots that come up to the knee, such as the ones worn by some soldiers. 2) PHRASE (disapproval) If a country or group of people is under the jackboot, they are suffering because… … English dictionary
jackboot — noun Date: 1686 1. a heavy military boot made of glossy black leather extending above the knee and worn especially during the 17th and 18th centuries 2. the spirit or policy of militarism or totalitarianism 3. a laceless military boot reaching to … New Collegiate Dictionary
jackboot — jack|boot [ˈdʒækbu:t] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from jack soldier s coat (14 19 centuries) (from French jaque; JACKET) + boot] a boot worn by soldiers that covers their leg up to the knee >jackbooted adj … Dictionary of contemporary English