Meaning of HEEL in English

HEEL

/ hiːl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

PART OF FOOT

1.

[ C ] the back part of the foot below the ankle

—picture at body

PART OF SOCK / SHOE

2.

[ C ] the part of a sock, etc. that covers the heel

3.

[ C ] the raised part on the bottom of a shoe, boot, etc. that makes the shoe, etc. higher at the back :

shoes with a low / high heel

a stiletto heel

The sergeant clicked his heels and walked out.

—picture at court shoe

—compare sole noun (2)

-HEELED

4.

(in adjectives) having the type of heel mentioned :

high-heeled shoes

—see also well heeled

SHOES

5.

heels [ pl. ] a pair of women's shoes that have high heels :

She doesn't often wear heels.

—see also kitten heels

PART OF HAND

6.

[ C ] heel of your hand / palm the raised part of the inside of the hand where it joins the wrist

—picture at hand

UNPLEASANT MAN

7.

[ C ] ( old-fashioned , informal ) a man who is unpleasant to other people and cannot be trusted

—see also Achilles heel , down at heel

IDIOMS

- at / on sb's heels

- bring sb/sth to heel

- come to heel

- (hard / hot) on sb's / sth's heels

- take to your heels

- turn / spin on your heel

- under the heel of sb

—more at cool verb , dig verb , drag verb , head noun , kick verb , tread verb

■ verb

REPAIR SHOE

1.

[ vn ] to repair the heel of a shoe, etc.

OF BOAT

2.

[ v ] heel (over) to lean over to one side :

The boat heeled over in the strong wind.

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WORD ORIGIN

noun and verb sense 1 Old English hēla , hǣla , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hiel .

verb sense 2 late 16th cent.: from obsolete heeld , hield incline , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hellen .

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