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Dictionary Definition



1 footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
2 British term for the luggage compartment in a car
3 the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks" [syn: bang, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kick]
4 protective casing for something that resembles a leg
5 an instrument of torture that is used to crush the foot and leg [syn: iron boot, iron heel]
6 the act of delivering a blow with the foot; "he gave the ball a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was excellent" [syn: kick, kicking]


1 kick; give a boot to
2 cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes; "boot your computer" [syn: reboot, bring up]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Boot



  • , /buːt/, /bu:t/
  • Rhymes with: -uːt

Etymology 1


  1. A heavy shoe that covers part of the leg.
  2. A blow with the foot; a kick.
  3. A flexible cover of rubber, plastic or similar to protect a shaft, lever, switch etc.
  4. A bootleg recording.
  5. A torture device used on the feet or legs, such as a Spanish boot.
  6. A parking enforcement device used to immobilize a car until it can be towed or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
  7. A rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing, which is inflated periodically to remove ice buildup. A wing boot.
  8. The luggage storage compartment of a sedan or saloon car.
    Please put the luggage in the boot, not on the seats.
  9. computing informal The act or process of removing somebody from a chat room.
shoe that covers part of the leg
See kick
car storage
  • Dutch: koffer
  • Finnish: tavaratila
  • French: coffre (de voiture)
  • German: Kofferraum
  • Italian: baule
  • Maltese: bagol
  • Russian: багажник
flexible cover of rubber, plastic or similar to protect a shaft, lever, switch etc
  • Dutch: huls, beschermhuls
computing: act or process of removing somebody from a chat room
bootleg recording
  • Dutch: bootleg
torture device
parking enforcement device
  • Dutch: wielklem
rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing


  1. To kick.
    I booted the ball toward my teammate.
  2. To apply corporal punishment (compare slippering).
  3. To forcibly eject.
    We need to boot those troublemakers as soon as possible
  4. To vomit.
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to boot all over your couch.
  5. computing informal To disconnect, to be involuntarily removed from an online conversation; can refer to an accidental glitch, or a purposeful action by others.
    I got booted from the chatroom., He booted me from the channel.
    • 2002, Dan Verton, The Hacker Diaries - Page 67
      As an IRC member with operator status, Swallow was able to manage who was allowed to remain in chat sessions and who got booted off the channel.
    • 2003, John C. Dvorak, Chris Pirillo, Online! - Page 173
      Even flagrant violators of the TOS are not booted.
    • 2002, Jobe Makar, Macromedia Flash Mx Game Design Demystified - Page 544
      In Electroserver, the kick command disconnects a user totally from the server and gives him a message about why he was booted.
Usage notes
The more common term for “to be ejected from a chatroom” etc. is kick.
  • Dutch: trappen, schoppen, schieten
apply corporal punishment
  • Dutch: afranselen, straffen
forcibly eject
  • Dutch: eruitgooien, buitengooien, eruittrappen
  • Dutch: kotsen, braken
computing: disconnect, to be involuntarily removed from an online conversation
  • Dutch: eruitgooien, buitengooien, eruittrappen

Etymology 2

Shortening of bootstrap.


  1. The act or process of bootstrapping; the starting or re-starting of a computing device.
    It took three boots, but I finally got the application installed.


  1. To bootstrap; to start a system, eg. a computer, by invoking its boot process or bootstrap.
    When arriving at the office, first thing I do is booting my machine.

Derived terms

Etymology 3



  • /bot/, /bot/


  1. boat


Extensive Definition

A boot is a type of shoe that covers at least the foot and the ankle and sometimes extends up to the knee or even the hip. Most have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made of one piece. Traditionally made of leather or rubber, modern boots are made from a variety of materials.
Hi-top athletic shoes are generally not considered boots, even though they do cover the ankle, primarily due to the absence of a distinct heel.

Types and uses

Boots designed for walking through the elements may be made of a single closely-stitched design (using leather, rubber, canvas, or similar material) to prevent the entry of water, snow, mud, dirt or through the gaps left between the laces and the tongue in other types of shoes. And that's just what they'll do. Simple waterproof gumboots are made in different lengths of uppers. In extreme cases, thigh-boots called waders, worn by anglers, end at the hip level of the wearer. Such boots may also be insulated for warmth. Most boots commonly sold in retail stores are not actually waterproof.
Other types of boots are sturdy in nature, meant for protection in wilderness or industrial settings. Speciality boots have been made to temporarily protect steelworkers if they get caught in pools of molten metal; to protect chemical workers from a wide variety of chemical exposure; and there are insulated, inflatable, boots designed for walking in the Antarctic continent. However, most work boots are "laceups" made from leather; formerly they were usually shod with hobnails and heel- and toe-plates, but now usually with a thick rubber sole, and often with steel toecaps. Work boots (like the popular Dr. Martens) were adopted by skinheads and punks as part of their typical dress and have migrated to more mainstream fashion, including women's wear.
Specialty boots have been designed for many different types of sports, particularly riding, skiing and snowboarding, skating, and sporting in wet conditions.
Fashionable boots for women may have all the variations seen in other fashion footwear: tapered or spike heels, platform soles, pointed toes, zipper closures and the like. The popularity of boots as fashion footwear ebbs and flows. They were popular in the 1960s and 1970s, but diminished in popularity towards the end of the 20th century. Today, they are becoming popular, especially designs that have a long bootleg.
Boots have their own devotees among shoe fetishists and foot fetishists. Singer Nancy Sinatra was largely responsible for popularizing the fad of women wearing boots in the late 1960s.

Boots in idiom

  • Boots, particularly those worn as protective footwear by workers (work boots) have a reputation for being as hard-wearing as their owners, hence the commonly used simile "tough as old boots".
  • A long established the sole detached, giving the impression of an open mouth.
  • Tall boots may have a tab, loop or handle at the top known as a bootstrap, allowing one to use fingers or a tool to provide better leverage in getting the boots on. A German legend about a boy lifting himself by his bootstraps into the air, allowing him to fly, has led to the word's metaphorical use in many different contexts, such as "to pull yourself up by your bootstraps."
  • To "die with one's boots on" means to die from violence as opposed to from natural causes (to "die in bed"); hence Boot Hill as a popular name for Wild West cemeteries.
  • Boot camp a colloquial term for the initial training of new recruits enlisting in a military organization.
  • Stormtroopers, skinheads, and other agents of authority or political strongarm tactics are typically referred to by their detractors as "jackbooted thugs," a reference to the tall riding or military-style boot of the Nazi uniform. Authoritarian rule, either by hostile military forces, or by groups of armed intimidators, is imposed by "jackboot tactics."
  • To "give someone the boot" means to kick them out (of a job, a club, etc.), either literally or figuratively.
  • To "put the boot off" someone's chin.
  • "The boot is on the other foot now" means that a situation has become reversed -- a previous victor is now losing, for example.
  • "Boot" also became a command in early computing, to mean starting up the computer or putting a program into the memory. It is still used today. It arose as short for "pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps".
  • Wearing "seven-league boots" references a classic children's fairy tale and indicates that a person or company can cover great distances, figuratively or literally, in a single stride.
  • Boots may also be use as a beer drinking device which one will fill up the boot and drink from it. The most recent notable boot use in the movie Beerfest. David Crocket broke his boot and needs to chug a beer for it anytime someone tells him too

Types of boots

A type of boot can fit into more than one of these categories, and may therefore be mentioned more than once


Work boots (Work_boots)

Boot accessories

boot in Asturian: Bota (calzáu)
boot in Danish: Støvle
boot in German: Stiefel
boot in Estonian: Saabas
boot in Spanish: Bota
boot in Esperanto: Boto
boot in Basque: Bota
boot in Persian: چکمه
boot in French: Botte (chaussure)
boot in Icelandic: Stígvél
boot in Italian: Stivale
boot in Dutch: Laars
boot in Dutch Low Saxon: Stevel
boot in Japanese: ブーツ
boot in Norwegian: Støvler
boot in Polish: Buty
boot in Portuguese: Bota
boot in Russian: Сапоги
boot in Simple English: Boot
boot in Swedish: Stövlar
boot in Ukrainian: Чоботи
boot in Yiddish: שטיוול
boot in Chinese: 靴

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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