- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bo͞ot, IPA(key): /buːt/, [buːt]
- (Northern England), IPA(key): /bʏːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /but/
Audio (US) (file)
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /bʉːt/
Audio (AU) (file)
- Rhymes: -uːt
From Middle English boote, bote (“shoe”), from Old French bote (“a high, thick shoe”). Of obscure origin, but probably related to Old French bot (“club-foot”), bot (“fat, short, blunt”), from Old Frankish *butt, from Proto-Germanic *buttaz, *butaz (“cut off, short, numb, blunt”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewt-, *bʰewd- (“to strike, push, shock”); if so, a doublet of butt. Compare Old Norse butt (“stump”), Low German butt (“blunt, plump”), Old English bytt (“small piece of land”), buttuc (“end”). More at buttock and debut.
boot (plural boots)
- A heavy shoe that covers part of the leg.
- A blow with the foot; a kick.
- (construction) A flexible cover of rubber or plastic, which may be preformed to a particular shape and used to protect a shaft, lever, switch, or opening from dust, dirt, moisture, etc.
- (usually preceded by definite article) A torture device used on the feet or legs, such as a Spanish boot.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 221:
- The boot, thumbscrews, the shackles, and a contraption called the "warm hose", were only a few of the inflictions being too terrible to mention.
- (US) A parking enforcement device used to immobilize a car until it can be towed or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
- (aviation) A rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing, which is inflated periodically to remove ice buildup; a deicing boot.
- (obsolete) A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.
- (archaic) A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
- (US, military, law enforcement, slang) A recently arrived recruit; a rookie.
- (Australia, Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan or saloon car.
- 2003, Keith Bluemel, Original Ferrari V-12 1965-1973: The Restorer's Guide, unnumbered page:
- The body is constructed of welded steel panels, with the bonnet, doors and boot lid in aluminium on steel frames.
- 2008, MB Chattelle, Richmond, London: The Peter Hacket Chronicles, page 104:
- Peers leant against the outside of the car a lit up her filter tip and watched as Bauer and Putin placed their compact suitcases in the boot of the BMW and slammed the boot lid down.
- (informal, with definite article) The act or process of removing or firing someone (dismissing them from a job or other post).
- He was useless so he got the boot.
- (Britain, slang) An unattractive person, ugly woman.
- old boot
- (slang, ethnic slur) A black person.
- (firearms) A hard plastic case for a long firearm, typically moulded to the shape of the gun and intended for use in a vehicle.
- (baseball) A bobbled ball.
- (botany) The inflated flag leaf sheath of a wheat plant.
- (slang) A linear amplifier used with CB radio.
- 1977, New Scientist, volume 74, page 764:
- Because of overcrowding, many a CB enthusiast (called an "apple") is strapping an illegal linear amplifier ("boots") on to his transceiver ("ears") […]
- (slang, motor racing) A tyre.
- (US) A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
- (shoe): buskin, mukluk
- (blow with foot): kick
- (car storage): trunk (US, Canada), dicky (India)
- (parking enforcement device): wheel clamp
- (sacked, dismissed): fired, laid off
- (end of bread): butt, heel, ender, outsider (Scotland)
- ankle boot
- army boot
- Australian boot
- ballet boot
- Beatle boot
- boot board
- boot boy
- boot camp
- boot catcher
- boot closer
- boot crimp
- boot cut
- boot fair
- Boot Hill
- boot knife
- boot money
- boot room
- boot sale
- boots and all
- boots on the ground
- boot storm
- boot tree
- boot upstairs
- boot verb
- bovver boots
- bunny boot
- car boot
- Chelsea boot
- chewie on ya boot
- chukka boot
- cold boot attack
- combat boot
- couldn't pour water out of a boot
- couldn't pour water out of a boot with the instructions on the heel
- cowboy boot
- cowgirl boot
- Denver boot, aka wheel clamp
- desert boot
- field boot
- fill one's boots
- football boot
- get the boot
- give someone the boot
- give the boot
- go-go boot
- gravity boots
- gum boot, gumboot
- hang up one's boots
- hang up the boots
- have one's heart in one's boots
- Hessian boot
- hiking boot
- hip boot
- hobnail boot
- horse boot
- in someone's boots
- jack boot
- Jesus boot
- Jesus boots
- jump boot
- jungle boot
- kicking boots
- kinky boot
- knee high boot
- knock boots
- lick someone's boots
- lift oneself up by one's boot-tags
- lift oneself up by one's own boot-tags
- like old boots
- Malay boot
- monkey boot
- moon boot
- motorcycle boot
- mud on one's boots
- order of the boot
- Oregon boot
- paratrooper boot
- pixie boot
- platform boot
- pubic boot
- put the boot in
- quake in one's boots
- riding boot
- rigger boot
- roller boot
- roping boot
- rugby boot
- safety boot
- seven-league boot
- seven-league boots
- shake in one's boots
- shoot the boots
- ski boot
- smarty boots
- snowboard boot
- Spanish boot
- steel-toe boot
- stoga boot
- strap on the boots
- tabi boot
- tanker boot
- the boot is on the other foot
- thigh boot
- thigh-high boot
- too big for one's boots
- tough as old boots
- trench boot
- ugg boot, ug boot
- walking boot (aka ankle walker)
- Wellington boot
- wellington boot
- Wellington boots
- winter boot
- wobbly boots
- work boot
- yeti boot
- (transitive) To kick.
- I booted the ball toward my teammate.
- You nearly booted me in the face!
- 2017 January 14, “Thailand's new king rejects the army's proposed constitution”, in The Economist:
- The one certainty is that the redrafting will delay by several months the general election that was supposed to be held at the end of this year. Mr Prayuth has implied that elections cannot now be held until after King Vajiralongkorn's coronation, which itself cannot take place until after his father's elaborate cremation, scheduled for October. All this boots the long-promised polls well into 2018.
- To put boots on, especially for riding.
- (colloquial, Canada, US, usually with it) To step on the accelerator of a vehicle for faster acceleration than usual or to drive faster than usual.
- The storm is coming fast! Boot it!
- We had to boot it all the way there to get to our flight on time.
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) To apply corporal punishment (compare slippering).
- (informal) To eject; kick out.
- We need to boot those troublemakers as soon as possible.
- The senator was booted from the committee for unethical behavior.
- (often with up) To start or restart a computer or other electronic system; to bootstrap.
- Boot up the system before 8 a.m. on weekdays.
- (computing, informal) To disconnect forcibly; to eject from an online service, conversation, etc.
- 2002, Dan Verton, The Hacker Diaries, page 67:
- As an IRC member with operator status, Swallow was able to manage who was allowed to remain in chat sessions and who got booted off the channel.
- 2003, John C. Dvorak, Chris Pirillo, Online!, page 173:
- Even flagrant violators of the TOS are not booted.
- 2002, Jobe Makar, Macromedia Flash Mx Game Design Demystified, page 544:
- In Electroserver, the kick command disconnects a user totally from the server and gives him a message about why he was booted.
- (slang) To vomit.
- Sorry, I didn’t mean to boot all over your couch.
- (MLE, criminal slang) To shoot, to kill by gunfire.
- 2015 November 1, “Dem Man Know”, C4 (814) (lyrics):
- C4 run man through the alley
Get a man down with the swammy
Get a man down with the whammy
Boot couple niggas on the road
No face no case with the bally (booting)
The more common term for “to eject from a chatroom” etc. is kick.
From Middle English boote, bote, bot, from Old English bōt (“help, relief, advantage”), from Proto-West Germanic *bōtu, from Proto-Germanic *bōtō (“atonement, improvement”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰed- (“good”).
- (archaic, dialectal) Remedy, amends.
- 1820, William Wordsworth, The Prioress' Tale (from Chaucer):
- next her Son, our soul's best boot
- (uncountable) Profit, plunder.
- (countable, uncountable) That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged; compensation; recompense.
- 2008, Jeffrey H. Rattiner, Financial Planning Answer Book 2009, pages 6–43:
- If mortgaged property is transferred, the amount of the mortgage is part of the boot. If both parties to the transaction transfer mortgages to each other, the party giving up the larger debt treats the excess as taxable boot.
- 2021, Eli Amir, Marco Ghitti, Financial Analysis of Mergers and Acquisitions, page 117:
- If the target retains the boot and uses it for, say, paying its debt, there is taxation on the boot.
- (obsolete) Profit; gain; advantage; use.
- (obsolete) Repair work; the act of fixing structures or buildings. [to mid-17th c.]
- (obsolete) A medicinal cure or remedy. [to mid-16th c.]
- (transitive or intransitive, impersonal) To be beneficial, to help.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene iii], page 26, column 2:
- It boots thee not to be compaſsionate, / After our ſentence, plaining comes too late.
- 1594 (first publication), Christopher Marlow[e], The Trovblesome Raigne and Lamentable Death of Edvvard the Second, King of England: […], London: […] [Eliot’s Court Press] for Henry Bell, […], published 1622, →OCLC, [Act I]:
- It bootes me not to threat, I must ſpeake faire, / The legate of the Pope will be obeyd: […]
- 1678 Richard Hooker, “A Sermon found in the study of Bishop Andrews” in Izaak Walton, The Life of Dr. Sanderson, late Bishop of Lincoln, London: Richard Marriot, p. 262,
- What booteth it to others that we wish them well, and do nothing for them?
- 1759, [Laurence Sterne], chapter XIX, in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, 2nd (1st London) edition, volume I, London: […] R[obert] and J[ames] Dodsley […], published 1760, →OCLC, pages 126–127:
- What could be wanting in my father but to have wrote a book to publiſh this notion of his to the world? Little boots it to the ſubtle ſpeculatiſt to ſtand ſingle in his opinions,—unleſs he gives them proper proper vent: […]
- 1794, Robert Southey, Wat Tyler. A Dramatic Poem. In Three Acts, London: […] [J. M‘Creery] for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, […], published 1817, →OCLC, Act II, page 44:
- Think you that we should quarrel with the French? / What boots to us your victories, your glory? / We pay, we fight, you profit at your ease.
- (intransitive, impersonal) To matter; to be relevant.
- 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Pendennis. […], volume I, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1849, →OCLC, page 178:
- What boots whether it be Westminster or a little country spire which covers your ashes, or if, a few days sooner or later, the world forgets you?
- (transitive, rare) To enrich.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene v], page 348, column 2:
- And I will boot thee with what guift beſide / Thy modeſtie can begge.
boot (plural boots)
- (computing) The act or process of bootstrapping; the starting or re-starting of a computing device.
- It took three boots, but I finally got the application installed.
- (computing) To bootstrap; to start a system, e.g. a computer, by invoking its boot process or bootstrap.
From bootleg (“to make or sell illegally”), by shortening.
boot (plural boots)
- (informal) A bootleg recording.
- 1999, Tom Fletcher, “Looking for Iron Maiden boot traders”, in alt.music.bootlegs (Usenet):
- I am looking to trade Iron Maiden boots. I have many Iron Maiden bootlegs. I have lots of Metallica. I trade CDR's, tapes and videos.
boot (plural bote)
- Alternative spelling of
- IPA(key): /boːt/
- (Belgium), (Southern) IPA(key): [boːt]
audio (Belgium) (file)
- (Netherlands), (Northern, Randstad) IPA(key): [boʊt]
audio (Netherlands) (file)
- Hyphenation: boot
- Rhymes: -oːt
- We gaan dit weekend varen op onze nieuwe boot.
- We're going boating on our new boat this weekend.
- De vissers gebruikten hun kleine bootjes om de zee op te gaan.
- The fishermen used their small boats to go out to sea.
- Het eiland is alleen bereikbaar per boot of per helikopter.
- The island is only accessible by boat or helicopter.
- Afrikaans: boot
- Negerhollands: boot, bot
- → Caribbean Hindustani: bot
- → Papiamentu: boto
- →? Sranan Tongo: boto
- Alternative form of
- Alternative form of
- Alternative form of
boot m (plural boots)
For quotations using this term, see Citations:boot.