Definition of tabi in English:

tabi

Pronunciation /ˈtäbē/ /ˈtɑbi/

nountabi

  • A thick-soled Japanese ankle sock with a separate section for the big toe.

    ‘We were supposed to move on to making kimono once we had completed the tabi, but mother did not want to see your frustrated face again.’
    • ‘Dropping quickly on all fours, I glanced towards the open window and managed to glimpse the last of her tabi - she had vanished into the shadows of the night.’
    • ‘He was ready to go in his white referee's uniform and tabi while your humble correspondent handled the functions of both chief judge and official scorer.’
    • ‘The room itself was six tatami mats in size, the bamboo slightly worn in some areas, but otherwise in good condition; they felt relatively comfortable, even when one only wore tabi on their feet.’
    • ‘Her geta kept her bare feet - she'd entirely forgotten to put on tabi - protected from the snow, if not from the cold, while Izumi's curled body gave her hands some measure of warmth.’

Origin

Japanese.