Main definitions of boot in English

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Pronunciation /bo͞ot/ /but/

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noun

  • 1A sturdy item of footwear covering the foot, the ankle, and sometimes the leg below the knee.

    ‘This winter's stylish footwear, from ankle boots to sneakers, will have you praying for more days of snowfall.’
    • ‘You will need to wear sturdy footwear, preferably boots, old warm clothes including waterproofs, and bring a packed lunch.’
    • ‘She was wearing a white dress, which came pass her knees; she wore no sandals, boots, or footwear of any kind.’
    • ‘On his feet he was wearing some sturdy walking boots and a few pairs of woolly socks.’
    • ‘For a similar look, try a pair of cap-toe ankle boots on for size.’
    • ‘There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to the shoes, sandals, boots, and flip-flops I see people wearing.’
    • ‘For a smart casual look, you can don a stylish pair of elongated, pointy ankle boots.’
    • ‘We recommend walking shoes or boots rather than sandals for this walk as it is over uneven ground in places.’
    • ‘Gauntlets were strapped onto his hands and wrists, and sturdy boots were on his feet.’
    • ‘All players must have proper footwear, football boots or trainers.’
    • ‘All are garbed in casual street wear, their large feet clad in brand-name boots or sneakers.’
    • ‘Which is to say, rubber boots are the footwear of choice.’
    • ‘Most soldiers were issued only normal field jackets, not parkas, and leather boots, not footwear suitable for snow.’
    • ‘Wear chemical-resistant boots or footwear during most mixing, loading, and application jobs.’
    • ‘Complete the look with a pair of dark brown biker boots or a stylish pair of vintage sneakers.’
    • ‘Other than that, his feet were shod in sturdy dark grey boots, and he had nothing else.’
    • ‘The footwear line especially the boots are trendy, some are waterproof.’
    • ‘The girl was wearing leather ankle boots and the guy was wearing sneakers.’
    • ‘And it's got all of his dress shoes and his boots and his tennis shoes.’
    • ‘Apulia, the heel of Italy's boot, is beautiful, affordable - and not overrun with tourists’
    gumboot, wellington, wader, walking boot, riding boot, field boot, jackboot, thigh boot, half-boot, ankle boot, pixie boot, Chelsea boot, balmoral, desert boot, moon boot, snow boot
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    1. 1.1A covering to protect the lower part of a horse's leg.
      ‘Horse boots and bandages are a category that has been increased as equestrians are requesting more specialized products.’
      • ‘After unloading Frankie from the float, she gave him one last brush, then put his saddle, bridle and boots on.’
      • ‘These boots are essential for horses competing in stressful events such as barrel racing, show jumping, cross country jumping, etc.’
      • ‘Before using splint boots it is important to understand how to put them on properly.’
      • ‘How to take care of a horse using leg boots.’
      • ‘Sometimes the front and hind-leg boots of the same set are different in shape.’
      • ‘My horse has short canon bones and I found the hind boots quite long, but the fore leg boots fitted a treat.’
      • ‘Is the overwhelming variety of horse boots confusing to you?’
      • ‘Protect your horse's legs from our large selection of horse boots!’
      • ‘These trailering boots are unsurpassed in protecting your horse's legs from the knees to the heels.’
    2. 1.2North American A clamp placed by the police on the wheel of an unlawfully parked vehicle to make it immobile.
      ‘The standard Denver boot is designed to fit vehicles that have a flat rim face.’
      • ‘I walked out to my car, grabbed the Denver boot notice off the windshield, and went inside to call the parking people.’
      • ‘Now, not only do you have to pay the boot fee plus parking ticket fees, you have to type in the code in the Denver Smart Boot, and then take it to a drop off location!’
      • ‘Someone made off with a Denver boot vehicle immobilization device placed on a vehicle parked on the 500 block of Bannock Street between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8.’
      • ‘Chicago officials say the threat of the Denver boot has convinced more than 23-hundred parking ticket defulters to pay up.’
    3. 1.3historical An instrument of torture encasing and crushing the foot.
      ‘In Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the character of Esmeralda is tortured using the boot.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the boot could be filled with cool water and then heated over a fire.’
      • ‘Sometimes the boot was heated until red hot during interrogation, a reference to this practice is found in Grimm's fairytales.’
      • ‘The torture of the boot was considered by contemporary observers to be the ‘most severe and cruel pain in the world’.’
  • 2informal A hard kick.

    • ‘I got a boot in the stomach’
    kick, blow, knock
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  • 3British An enclosed space at the back of a car for carrying luggage or other goods; a trunk.

    ‘I was going to stop and show him what was in the boot but I thought better of it.’
    • ‘We were carrying the engine of a World War II Hinkle bomber in the boot (trunk).’
    • ‘Two in the front, two in the back, and one in the boot (or should I say ‘trunk’)!’
    • ‘The vehicle, which has yet to be approved by the car manufacturer's board, will be a saloon with four doors and large boot and is intended initially for Asia and China.’
    • ‘He had a white carrier bag out of the boot and he put it through the window.’
    • ‘A piece of tow rope of identical composition was found in the boot in a bag in a Rover motor car which the appellant's father had bought in April 2001, after the robbery.’
    • ‘The arrangement was for the heroin to be left in the boot of a car in Brussels in exactly the same way as before.’
    • ‘We were wrestling and both fell onto the car boot.’
    • ‘So that would be an explanation for the contamination in the boot of the car but not an explanation for contamination anywhere else.’
    • ‘He would then take off his overalls and keep them in the boot of his car.’
    • ‘You don't want to be ripped off by a bootlegger who sells pirate copies from the boot of a car.’
    • ‘It is hoped a new law will stop cases like the alligator found in the boot of a car.’
    • ‘The Pottages opened the boot of their car, at the very least appearing to ignore the claimant who continued to address them.’
    • ‘He left behind a number of other valuable items, which were locked in the boot of the vehicle.’
    • ‘Most of the length is the far side of the rear wheels, meaning the boot is truly massive.’
    • ‘Police stopped the vehicle early yesterday morning and found a number of items in the boot of the vehicle.’
    • ‘Marsden was there and the boot of his vehicle was open.’
    • ‘The officer then got the jack from the boot of the vehicle, jacked it up and released Phillips.’
    • ‘Since the start of the year, police have recorded the theft of 30 spare wheels from the boots of cars.’
    • ‘For so large a vehicle, the boot is relatively small.’
    • ‘There are similar patches of tape on the hood and on the trunk, the boot of this vehicle.’
  • 4

    (also boot up)
    usually as modifier The process of starting a computer and putting it into a state of readiness for operation.

    ‘a boot disk’
    • ‘As you can probably tell by the loud buzzing and whirring sounds your computer makes when you turn it on, the boot-up process puts a lot of strain on your system.’
    • ‘It's like setting Windows in hibernation mode so that it doesn't have to go through the entire boot-up process when it's called upon.’
    • ‘It includes a system monitoring tool and utilities to change the boot-up image and to update the BIOS.’
    • ‘Is it possible to turn off the kernel boot-up messages?’
    • ‘He switched it on, and watched as the screen flashed as the machine went through its boot-up procedure.’
    • ‘This versatility was enhanced by the system's inherent stability, robust and usable map package, and rapid boot-up capability.’
    • ‘I figured, however, that what he perceived as a significant decrease in the notebook's speed was actually the long boot-up time.’
    • ‘I mentioned in my article how I liked the fresh new look and the faster boot-up time.’
    • ‘Custom configurations are not stored when powered off and must be loaded at boot-up (which can be automated easily).’
    • ‘There are dozens of options - one lets you log on automatically at boot-up, convenient for cable and DSL modem users.’
    • ‘A common way to access these settings is to press the F2 or delete button during the first few seconds of a boot-up.’
    • ‘For example, some viruses infect executable code in the boot sector of floppy disks or in system areas of hard drives.’
    • ‘Make a DOS floppy boot disk, and have the configuration program for each card handy on floppy.’
    • ‘Make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised’
    • ‘I'm already going to assume you already know some of the basics, like backing up your stuff, and making a DOS boot disk.’
    • ‘Several manufacturers are now doing this, and it is definitely a nice touch away from the DOS boot disk and flash utility of old.’
    • ‘This is a setting in your system BIOS setup, which you can access during the boot process.’
    • ‘Passwords have even found new niches in the form of boot managers, remote login formats and advanced security systems.’
    • ‘Look for a data recovery software package that has a boot disk option available.’
    • ‘Always take the opportunity to make a boot diskette when Linux gives you that option.’
    • ‘How far into the boot process is the machine when you get this message?’
  • 5US Military
    informal A navy or marine recruit.

verb

  • 1Kick (something) hard in a specified direction.

    • ‘he ended up booting the ball into the stands’
    kick, punt, bunt, strike with the foot, tap
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  • 2with object Start (a computer) and put it into a state of readiness for operation.

    ‘when I booted the computer I heard a extremely loud rattle’
    • ‘the menu will be ready as soon as you boot up your computer’
    start up, fire up, prepare, ready, make ready
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    1. 2.1no object (of a computer) be started and put into a state of readiness for operation.
      ‘the laptop boots up in 14 seconds flat’
      • ‘if your computer won't boot, you could have either a software problem or a hardware problem’
      • ‘the system won't boot from the original drive’
  • 3US Place a Denver boot on (an illegally parked car)

    • ‘once a car is booted, the owner must pay all fines plus a fee to have the boot removed’

Phrases

    get the boot
    informal
    • Be dismissed from one's job.

      • ‘Well, he got the boot after a series of mediocre interviews.’
      • ‘That's why I was hired in the first place, but I can't really say whether I left or I got the boot.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it came down to only one winner, and the other got the boot.’
      • ‘The man who had miscalculated got the boot.’
      • ‘Four contestants were handed their walking papers, and here's a recap of who got the boot.’
      • ‘Anyway, they were down to three women and white-trash gum-chewing girl got the boot.’
      • ‘Well Jennifer got the boot, when in a previous show, she got the highest votes.’
      • ‘‘It's an abuse of human rights,’ says the man, who lived in his apartment for 22 years before getting the boot.’
      • ‘With it, the trend of sending online e-greetings is now slowly getting the boot, as it is definitely much more convenient to send SMS.’
      • ‘The best way to win a fight is to know your strengths, and if you're a tenant getting the boot from your landlord, then your strengths are your rights.’
    boots on the ground
    informal
    • Ground troops who are on active service in a military operation.

      • ‘they could have gone to their allies and got more boots on the ground’
      • ‘while he backs high-tech warfare, he also sees boots on the ground as essential’
      • ‘The revolutionary transformation of modern military forces has not reduced the need for boots on the ground.’
      • ‘You've got to have boots on the ground.’
      • ‘We will figure out what the right combination of boots on the ground may be.’
      • ‘There just aren't the boots on the ground there.’
      • ‘The sooner we get our boots on the ground, the sooner we will complete our mission.’
      • ‘The best way to mitigate risk is with more boots on the ground, meaning never patrol dismounted with less than a platoon.’
      • ‘Ultimately, putting boots on the ground is the infantry's reason for being.’
      • ‘Boots on the ground is what they need most right now.’
      • ‘The best contingency planning in the world has continually shown that there is no substitute for actual boots on the ground.’
      • ‘Again, the course of action depends on the number of boots on the ground.’
      • ‘The signs were there that we needed to have more boots on the ground.’
      • ‘We need all the boots on the ground that we can assemble.’
      • ‘The equation between timing, training, and boots on the ground still doesn't work.’
      • ‘It was only after having boots on the ground that a realistic and practicable plan could be further developed.’
      • ‘And the general's going to be getting some boots on the ground here in the coming days to make a firsthand assessment, to see how things are going.’
      • ‘And you wonder why you're not seeing more food, more water, more response, more boots on the ground, coming in and assessing the situation and helping.’
      • ‘These missions require "boots on the ground" in sizable numbers, although air power would still serve as a powerful supporting arm.’
      • ‘Those boots on the ground are almost all armed and in a dangerous situation.’
      • ‘'It's boots on the ground that win battles - individual soldiers, not people sitting pushing buttons in fancy machinery,' he says.’
      • ‘Those with "boots on the ground" must understand the political situation and be able to control the tactics and sentiments of their companies, platoons, squads, and fire teams.’
    put the boot in
    • 1British informal Kick someone hard when they are on the ground.

      • ‘they crash his bulk to the floor and put the boot in’
      1. 1.1Treat someone vulnerable in a cruel way.
        • ‘the move was just another way of putting the boot in’
    give someone the boot
    informal
    • Dismiss someone from their job.

      • ‘the chairman denied he had been given the boot’
      • ‘She knows what she did was wrong and I have spoken to her about it but I am not giving her the boot from the band.’
      • ‘Plenty of less understanding women would give you the boot.’
      • ‘Please practise what you preach or we will give you the boot!’
      • ‘Swindon Council will investigate the complaints, and can take court action to give them the boot.’
      • ‘Unless his own party decides to give him the boot, credible alternatives don't exist.’
      • ‘Technically, they didn't give her the boot until she wrote a follow-up about requiring passports from ‘suspicious-looking swarthy males.’’
      • ‘Despite her colleagues unanimously deciding to give her the boot, with nobody standing on her side, she kept her head held high.’
      • ‘She caught him fooling around and gave him the boot.’
      • ‘Other members of the tribe gave him the boot because his physical prowess made him a threat to their own ambitions of scooping the £1m prize.’
      • ‘After giving half-hearted efforts for the NBA season so far to emphasize his point that he wanted out we finally gave him the boot.’
      • ‘The court heard that they gave him the boot because his amphetamine habit made him very unpleasant to work with.’
    one's heart sank into one's boots
    • Used to refer to a sudden onset of depression or dismay.

      ‘my heart sank into my boots when I realised the chain had gone’
      • ‘My heart sank into my boots.’
    with one's heart in one's boots
    • In a state of great depression or trepidation.

      • ‘I had to follow her with my heart in my boots’
    die with one's boots on
    • Die in battle or while otherwise actively occupied.

      ‘Bill had died with his boots on, caught by suction in a waste pipe’
      • ‘I'm a third-generation Texan, inheritor of the ‘die with our boots on’ culture, and I do have a handgun license.’
      • ‘Like most good actors, some day I hope I die with my boots on.’’
      • ‘‘This is my way of giving back to society what it has given to me,’ says the young and energetic officer, who admittedly would like to die with his boots on.’
      • ‘He would die with his boots on, ‘having known not… bitterness nor defeat.’’
      • ‘Some, however, died with their boots on - like Oklahoma's Bill Pickett who was kicked in the head by a horse while working on the largest ranch in the Sooner State.’
      • ‘The horse ‘died with his boots on’ by dropping dead during a training session at his stables in Liardet Street in New Plymouth.’
      • ‘If you wanted to die with your boots on, you went with an agency.’
      • ‘But if I gotta die, and I'm beginning to doubt I do, then I reckon it's better to die with my boots on.’
      • ‘He has been with the boat from the beginning and intends to ‘die with his boots on’ in her service.’
      • ‘The few experienced generals who had managed to die with their boots on were probably adequate to the task.’
    you can bet your boots
    informal
    • Used to express absolute certainty.

      • ‘you can bet your boots that patrol has raised the alarm’
      • ‘If it's not those fancy new shoes they're wearing, you can bet your boots they didn't prepare properly before hitting the slopes at the weekend.’
      • ‘If such a clinical study existed then you can bet your boots that they would have published it in full.’
      • ‘And of course you can bet your boots that these are the first, but many other MS-tools are to follow.’
      • ‘So, if you don't do something different, soon and often, you can bet your boots that the competition will.’
      • ‘In other words, if you really need or want the information you're hearing, you bet your boots you'll listen.’
      • ‘And you can bet your boots that I'm going to try to incorporate every good idea I see into my next book, too.’
      • ‘It takes about 6 minutes for this and you can bet your boots you will see a prize-winning photograph pass you right by during this time.’
      • ‘Maybe they listen to the radio, but you can bet your boots they're doing something.’
      • ‘Even if we don't consider ourselves an ‘emotional’ person, you bet your boots our past and present feelings steer our lives.’
      • ‘And you can bet your boots I'm going to see if I can get special concessions for it.’

Phrasal Verbs

    boot out
    informal
    • boot someone out, boot out someoneForce someone to leave a place, organization, or activity in an unceremonious way.

      • ‘his stepfather booted him out’
      • ‘she had been booted out of school’
    boot off
    informal
    • boot someone off somethingForce someone to leave a group, organization, or position in an unceremonious way.

      • ‘she became the seventh contestant to be booted off the show, amid a bitter row between the judges’
      • ‘I would have booted him off the team for making those comments’
      • ‘the driver booted two teenagers off the bus’

Origin

Middle English from Old Norse bóti or its source, Old French bote, of unknown ultimate origin; boot (sense 2 of the verb) is from bootstrap (sense 2 of the noun).

Main definitions of boot in English

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boot2

Pronunciation /bo͞ot/ /but/

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noun

‘It is therefore a building of great historical importance, and a beautiful building to boot.’
  • ‘Oh, and there's a gardener's cottage at the back of the building to boot.’
  • ‘We don't know where our next broadband is coming from, and I'm off work until the middle of next week, to boot.’
  • ‘But it's a nice wee place, and is dead posh to boot, so it's survived pretty well.’
  • ‘He is an unprecedented acting talent that deserves a look or seven, and maybe even a few awards to boot.’
  • ‘Come on, we chide, they can't have all the wealth, status and talent to boot.’
  • ‘If he tried that he'd lose his catch and hook, line and sinker to boot.’
  • ‘And to top it off someone straight bought him one off his wish list to boot.’
  • ‘And now these pundits have returned the favour by giving him his own book and glowing reviews to boot.’
  • ‘But he was obviously a good player and, far more importantly, a good guy to boot.’
  • ‘So they managed to find her another court, indeed a better one to boot.’
  • ‘They claim it promised enough money to see the club through the season, and international players to boot.’
  • ‘I didn't really expect that so that was a definite bonus, and the new songs they played sounded pretty cool to boot.’
  • ‘This track at least has a warm, beating heart to it - and hooray, it's a toe-tapper to boot.’
  • ‘This was a day-trip into the darker corners of immortality and isolation with a slab of comic humour to boot.’
  • ‘He did, and with a budget that only afforded him a two-to-one shooting ratio to boot.’
  • ‘I would say that this sort of behaviour deserves a ban and a compulsory course in responsible driving to boot!’
  • ‘The A-class is most exciting, with many of the old model's flaws addressed and a new interior to boot.’
  • ‘Initially I was disappointed at having chosen a stalls seat, and one right at the front to boot.’
  • ‘You can calm everyone else's merriness, and, to boot, you can direct the taxi home.’

Phrases

    to boot
    • As well; in addition.

      ‘images that are precise, revealing, and often beautiful to boot’
      • ‘he is a likable guy, and funny to boot’

Origin

Old English bōt ‘advantage, remedy’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boete and German Busse ‘penance, fine’, also to better and best.