Definition of hoof noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//huːf//
; NAmE NAmE//huːf//
Farm animals
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  • (pl. hoofs, hooves
    BrE BrE//huːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//huːvz//
    the hard part of the foot of some animals, for example horses He dived to the ground to avoid the pony’s flailing hooves. See related entries: Farm animals
  • Word OriginOld English hōf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoef and German Huf.Idioms
    1. 1meat that is sold, transported, etc. on the hoof is sold, etc. while the cow or sheep is still alive See related entries: Animal farming
    2. 2(British English, informal) if you do something on the hoof, you do it quickly and without giving it your full attention because you are doing something else at the same time I often have lunch on the hoof between two appointments. the consequences of making government policy on the hoof
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hoof