Meaning of BOOT in English

I. ˈbüt, usu -üd.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English boote, bote, from Old English bōt remedy, compensation; akin to Old High German buoza change for the better, Old Norse bōt remedy, compensation, Gothic bōta advantage, gain, Old English bet era better — more at better

1. archaic

a. : help or relief especially in time of peril or great want : deliverance

b. : a person or thing that brings such help

2. now chiefly dialect : something to equalize an exchange

give me your sow and a $10 boot or the trade is off for the heifer — Frank Neefe

3. obsolete : profit or advantage towards the accomplishment of an end : avail , use

then talk no more of flight, it is no boot — Shakespeare

- to boot

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English booten, boten, from boote, bote

intransitive verb

archaic : to be of help, profit, or advantage : avail

it boots not to look backwards — Thomas Arnold

transitive verb

obsolete : benefit , enrich

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French bote


a. : a covering for the foot and leg that is usually made of leather or rubber and is of varying height between the ankle and hip

b. Britain : a shoe reaching to the ankle

c. : a rubber overshoe

2. : an instrument of torture applied to the leg and tightened so as to crush the leg and foot

3. : a sheath or casing resembling a boot that provides a protective covering for the leg: as

a. obsolete : a piece of leg armor

b. : a partial covering for the hoof and leg of a horse designed to prevent injury from interference

c. : the feathers on the shank and toes of certain domestic fowls

d. : the part of a stocking between the top and the foot

e. : a canvas or skin mitten used to protect the feet of working dogs from snow or ice

4. : a protective sheath or casing typically of an object or part resembling a leg: as

a. : the sheath near the uppermost leaves on the stems of grains and many palms that encloses the inflorescence which swells within it

b. : the metal casing and flange fitted about a pipe where it passes through a roof

c. : the box or compartment that contains the reed of a reed pipe of an organ

d. : a large thick patch for the inside of a tire casing


a. obsolete : a built-in compartment on a horse-drawn coach used originally as a seat for the coachman and later for storage

b. Britain : the storage compartment at the rear of an automobile : trunk

6. : a usually leather article that resembles a boot: as

a. : a leather drinking vessel

b. : a leather carrying case for a rifle

with the adoption of the bolt-action Krag … a long boot came into use, covering the entire carbine, up to the stock — W.F.Harris

c. aeronautics : a pneumatic rubber cell or tube used for deicing a wing or tail surface


a. : the box in which the lower pulley of a grain elevator runs

b. : the chamber and housing at the base of a bucket elevator


a. : a blow delivered by or as if by a booted foot : kick

b. : a usually unexpected and often rude discharge or dismissal — often used with the

she gave him the boot and married another man

he got the boot after 14 years and had to find a new job

c. : pleasure or enjoyment especially of a momentary sort : bang , kick

I get a big boot out of his jokes

9. : a fumble in baseball


a. : a recruit undergoing basic training in the United States Navy or Marines

b. : novice , trainee , apprentice

11. in glass manuf : a clay receptacle suspended in the nose of a tank furnace to exclude scum and to allow working of the glass without direct contact with heat and gases

12. : a drain cock in the bottom of a tank car or oil tank

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English booten, from boot — more at boot III

transitive verb


a. : to put boots on (oneself or another)

b. : to supply with boots

this firm … has booted and spurred every British monarch from George II on — New Yorker


a. : to send off or propel with force : kick

b. : to eject or discharge summarily — used often with out

he has been quietly booted out as chief — Newsweek

3. : to make an error on (a baseball batted on the ground) : fumble

he booted an easy grounder and another run scored

4. slang : to ride (a horse) in a race

after a 24-year career in which he booted home nearly 150 stakes winners

intransitive verb

: to put on one's boots

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: boot (I) (influenced in meaning by booty )

archaic : booty , plunder

VI. ˈbüt verb

( boot·ed ; boot·ing )

Etymology: short for bootstrap (herein)

transitive verb

1. : to load (a program) into a computer from a disk

2. : to start or ready for use especially by booting a program — often used with up

boot up a computer

intransitive verb

1. : to become loaded into a computer's memory from a disk

the program boots automatically

2. : to become ready for use especially by booting a program

the computer boots quickly

— often used with up

• boot·a·ble adjective

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