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From Old French jaque (coat of mail).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒækbuːt/
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jackboot (plural jackboots)

  1. A glossy leather calf-covering military boot, commonly associated with German soldiers of the WWII era
    • 1914, Frank L. Packard, The Miracle Man Chapter 3
      The coat itself, a long one of some fuzzy material, with huge side pockets into which the man's hands were plunged, reached to the cavernous tops of jackboots where the nether ends of his trousers were stowed away.
  2. (informal) The spirit that motivates a totalitarian or overly militaristic regime or policy
    That country has been under the jackboot of the military for years.

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jackboot (third-person singular simple present jackboots, present participle jackbooting, simple past and past participle jackbooted)

  1. (transitive) To stamp on with a jackboot.
    • 2000, Geoff Nicholson, Bedlam Burning:
      The two porters leapt into action, steamed up to the front of the room and started jackbooting the burning paper.
  2. (intransitive) To march in jackboots.
    • 1990, Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners (page 152)
      All his childhood they had stormed through the cinema newsreels, jackbooting triumphantly through Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Paris. Now they would jackboot through Garmouth. Followed by the Gestapo.