shoe

shoe O.E. scoh "shoe," from P.Gmc. *skokhaz (Cf. O.N. skor, Dan., Swed. sko, O.Fris. skoch, O.S. skoh, M.Du. scoe, Du. schoen, O.H.G. scuoh, Ger. Schuh, Goth. skoh). No known cognates outside Gmc., unless it somehow is connected with PIE root *skeu- "cover" (Cf. second element in L. ob-scurus). Old plural form shoon lasted until 16c. Meaning "metal plate to protect a horse's hoof" is attested from late 14c. The verb is from O.E. scogan. Distinction between shoe and BOOT (Cf. boot) is attested from c.1400. Shoeshine is from 1911. Shoelace is attested from 1640s. Shoestring is from 1610s; as figurative for "a small amount" it is recorded from 1882; as a type of necktie, from 1903. Shoebox is attested from 1860; as a type of building, from 1968. To stand in someone's shoes "see things from his or her point of view" is attested from 1767. Old shoe as a type of something worthless is attested from late 14c. Shoes tied to the fender of a newlywed couple's car preserves the old custom (mentioned from 1540s) of throwing an old shoe at or after someone to wish them luck. Perhaps the association is with dirtiness, on the "muck is luck" theory.

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  • Shoe — (sh[=oo]), n.; pl. {Shoes} (sh[=oo]z), formerly {Shoon} (sh[=oo]n), now provincial. [OE. sho, scho, AS. sc[=o]h, sce[ o]h; akin to OFries. sk[=o], OS. sk[=o]h, D. schoe, schoen, G. schuh, OHG. scuoh, Icel. sk[=o]r, Dan. & Sw. sko, Goth. sk[=o]hs; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoe — [n] footwear basketball shoe, boat shoe, boot, cleat, clog, cowboy boot, flip flops*, footgear, golf shoe, high heels, hightops*, loafer, moccasin, penny loafer, platform shoe, pump, running shoe, sandals, slipper, sneaker, tennis shoe, wing tip …   New thesaurus

  • Shoe — Shoe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shod}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shoeing}.] [AS. sc?ian, sce?ian. See {Shoe}, n.] 1. To furnish with a shoe or shoes; to put a shoe or shoes on; as, to shoe a horse, a sled, an anchor. [1913 Webster] 2. To protect or ornament… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoe — shoe; shoe·ing; shoe·less; shoe·pac; un·shoe; shoe·pack; …   English syllables

  • shoe — [sho͞o] n. [ME sho < OE sceoh, akin to Ger schuh < IE base * (s)keu , to cover > SKY, HIDE1] 1. an outer covering for the human foot, made of leather, canvas, etc. and usually having a stiff or thick sole and a heel: sometimes restricted …   English World dictionary

  • shoe — ► NOUN 1) a covering for the foot having a sturdy sole and not reaching above the ankle. 2) a horseshoe. 3) a brake shoe or a drag for a wheel. 4) a socket on a camera for fitting a flash unit. 5) a metal rim or ferrule, especially on the runner… …   English terms dictionary

  • Shoe — Shoe. См. колодка. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • SHOE — Pavilion, Inc. (Business » NASDAQ Symbols) * Simple Html Ontology Extensions (Computing » General) * Simple HTML Ontology Extension (Computing » Software) …   Abbreviations dictionary

  • shoe — The verb has inflected forms shoes, shoeing, and (past tense and past participle) shod …   Modern English usage

  • Shoe — This article is about footwear. For other uses, see Shoe (disambiguation). Various shoes for sale in Quarry Bay …   Wikipedia

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