heel

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hele, heel, from Old English hēla, from Proto-Germanic *hanhilaz (cf. North Frisian hael, Dutch hiel, Danish hæl, Swedish häl), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *hanhaz (hock). More at hock.

Noun[edit]

heel (plural heels)

Heel of a loaf of rye bread
  1. (anatomy) The rear part of the foot, where it joins the leg.
    • Denham
      He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then his speed, / His winged heels and then his armed head.
  2. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  3. The rear part of a sock or similar covering for the foot.
  4. (firearms) The back upper part of the stock.
  5. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
    • A. Trollope
      the heel of a hunt
  6. (US, Ireland) A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      the heel of the white loaf
  7. (US) The base of a bun sliced in half lengthwise.
    • 1996, Ester Reiter, Making Fast Food: From the Frying Pan Into the Fryer (page 100)
      The bottom half, or the bun heel is placed in the carton, and the pickle slices spread evenly over the meat or cheese.
  8. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  9. (slang, professional wrestling) A wrestler whose on-ring persona embodies villainous or reprehensible traits. Contrast with babyface.
    • 1992, Bruce Lincoln, Discourse and the Construction of Society (page 158)
      Freedman began his analysis by noting two important facts about professional wrestling: First, that heels triumph considerably more often than do babyfaces []
  10. (card games) The cards set aside for later use in a patience or solitaire game.
  11. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
  12. (architecture) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter. Specifically, (US), the obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.
  13. (architecture) A cyma reversa; so called by workmen.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gwilt to this entry?)
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heel (third-person singular simple present heels, present participle heeling, simple past and past participle heeled)

  1. To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
  2. To add a heel to, or increase the size of the heel of (a shoe or boot).
  3. To kick with the heel.
  4. (transitive) To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, etc.
    • Shakespeare
      I cannot sing, / Nor heel the high lavolt.
  5. (transitive) To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fighting.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of earlier heeld, from Middle English heelden, from Old English hyldan, hieldan (to incline), cognate with Old Norse hella (to pour out) ( > Danish hælde (lean, pour)). More at hield.

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heel (third-person singular simple present heels, present participle heeling, simple past and past participle heeled)

  1. (intransitive) To incline to one side, to tilt (especially of ships).
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heel (plural heels)

  1. The act of inclining or canting from a vertical position; a cant.
    The ship gave a heel to port.
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From Middle Dutch heel, from Old Dutch *hēl, from Proto-Germanic *hailaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus (healthy, whole). Compare Low German heel, heil, hel, West Frisian hiel, German heil, English whole, hale, Danish hel.

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heel (comparative heler, superlative heelst)

  1. complete, full, whole

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heel

  1. very

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heel

  1. first-person singular present indicative of helen
  2. imperative of helen

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