Definition of hoofer in English:



  • A professional dancer.

    ‘the diminutive hoofer is hotfooting it around Britain on a marathon tour’
    • ‘Fred Astaire plays an aging hoofer looking for a comeback on Broadway.’
    • ‘He joked and quoted old hoofers, dead and alive.’
    • ‘Growing up in a family of hoofers made for a very focused life.’
    • ‘It was a treat to see Buster Brown, an old-time hoofer of Apollo fame, who still has an easy upper body and lilting feet at age 86.’
    • ‘I'm a musician, I'm a hoofer, I'm an entertainer from a line of entertainers.’
    • ‘He brings such intelligence to dramatic roles as well as being a fine hoofer.’
    • ‘The question that fuels the narrative is this: will they (the movie hoofer and the ballerina) be able to dance together?’
    • ‘Jerry Travers is an American hoofer arriving in London to help out his pal, producer Horace Hardwick, with a new song-and-dance show.’
    • ‘Veteran hoofer Lionel Blair was surrounded by dancing stars on stage in Bromley to kick off the theatre's new programme.’
    • ‘Then the dance number ends, and one of the hoofers steps forward.’
    • ‘On the phone from her hotel room in Pasadena, she talked about taking on a role associated with two of the great hoofers of our time.’
    • ‘I have to say here, that the corps de ballet (that's the poncy equivalent of the chorus line, for you unenlightened) were the biggest bunch of clodhopping hoofers I've ever seen.’
    • ‘Many of them were quite good at it, having made a living as Broadway hoofers before they went west.’
    • ‘The rest of the time is padded out by him interviewing Broadway hoofers past and present and telling us all about the traditions of this ‘Great White Way’.’
    • ‘Dancers have never been quite so in demand for videos and live shows - and sometimes the hoofers in the background become stars in their own right.’
    • ‘It also exposes the vulnerability of these unhappy hoofers.’
    • ‘They seem like ghastly old hoofers at the end of the Music Hall era: earnestly trying to edify us with a touch of the exotic.’
    • ‘In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the charismatic hoofer was the highest-paid black entertainer in the country.’
    • ‘And I never really thought about movies until I hung up my tap shoes and went, OK, I can't be a hoofer for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘Now, though, he has discovered a taste for musicals, and wonders whether a career as a hoofer might beckon.’