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noun Boot
  1. Remedy; relief; amends; reparation; hence, one who brings relief."He gaf the sike man his boote." [Chaucer.]"Thou art boot for many a bruise And healest many a wound." [Sir W. Scott.]"Next her Son, our soul's best boot." [Wordsworth.]
  2. That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged."I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one." [Shak.]
  3. Profit; gain; advantage; use.(Obs)"Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot." [Shak.]"Helen, to change, would give an eye to boot." [Shak.]"A man's heaviness is refreshed long before he comes to drunkenness, for when he arrives thither he hath but changed his heaviness, and taken a crime to boot." [Jer. Taylor.]

Etymology: OE. bot bote, advantage, amends, cure, AS. bōt; akin to Icel. bōt, Sw. bot, Dan. bod, Goth. bōta, D. boete, G. busse; prop., a making good or better, from the root of E. better, adj. √255

verb Boot
  1. To profit; to advantage; to avail; -- generally followed by it; as, what boots it?"What booteth it to others that we wish them well, and do nothing for them?" [Hooker.]"What subdued To change like this a mind so far imbued With scorn of man, it little boots to know." [Byron.]"What boots to us your victories?" [Southey.]
  2. To enrich; to benefit; to give in addition.(Obs)"And I will boot thee with what gift beside Thy modesty can beg." [Shak.]
noun Boot
  1. A covering for the foot and lower part of the leg, ordinarily made of leather.
  2. An instrument of torture for the leg, formerly used to extort confessions, particularly in Scotland."So he was put to the torture, which in Scotland they call the boots; for they put a pair of iron boots close on the leg, and drive wedges between them and the leg." [Bp. Burnet.]
  3. A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.(Obs)
  4. A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
  5. An apron or cover (of leather or rubber cloth) for the driving seat of a vehicle, to protect from rain and mud.
  6. [Plumbing] The metal casing and flange fitted about a pipe where it passes through a roof.

Etymology: OE. bote, OF. bote, F. botte, LL. botta; of uncertain origin

verb Boot
  1. To put boots on, esp. for riding."Coated and booted for it." [B. Jonson.]
  2. To punish by kicking with a booted foot.(U. S)
verb Boot
To boot one's self; to put on one's boots.
noun Boot
Booty; spoil.
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  1. The act of delivering a blow with the foot
  2. A form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed
  3. Footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
  4. An instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
  5. Protective casing for something that resembles a leg
  6. Compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools
  7. The swift release of a store of affective force ("what a boot!")
  8. Cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes ("boot your computer")
  9. Kick; give a boot to

From Middle English boote, bote (“shoe”), from Old French bote (“a high, thick shoe”). Of obscure origin, but probably related to Old French bot (“club-foot”), bot (“fat, short, blunt”), from Old Frankish *butt, from Proto-Germanic *buttaz, *butaz (“cut off, short, numb, blunt”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewt-, *bʰewd- (“to strike, push, shock”). Compare Old Norse butt (“stump”), Low German butt (“blunt, plump”), Old English bytt (“small piece of land”), buttuc (“end”). More at buttock.

  1. A heavy shoe that covers part of the leg.
  2. A blow with the foot; a kick.
  3. (construction) A flexible cover of rubber or plastic, which may be preformed to a particular shape and used to protect a shaft, lever, switch, or opening from dust, dirt, moisture, etc.
  4. A torture device used on the feet or legs, such as a Spanish boot.
  5. (US) A parking enforcement device used to immobilize a car until it can be towed or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
  6. A rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing, which is inflated periodically to remove ice buildup. A deicing boot.
  7. (obsolete) A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.
  8. (archaic) A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
  9. (US, military, law enforcement, slang) A recently arrived recruit; a rookie.
  10. (Australia, Britain, New Zealand, automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan or saloon car.
  11. (informal) The act or process of removing or firing someone.
  12. (Britain, slang) unattractive person, ugly woman
  13. (firearms) A hard plastic case for a long firearm, typically moulded to the shape of the gun and intended for use in a vehicle.
  14. (baseball) A bobbled ball.
  15. (botany) The inflated flag leaf sheath of a wheat plant.

From Middle English boote, bote, bot, from Old English bōt (“help, relief, advantage, remedy; compensation for an injury or wrong; (peace) offering, recompense, amends, atonement, reformation, penance, repentance”), from Proto-Germanic *bōtō (“atonement, improvement”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeHd-, *bʰoHd- (“good”). Akin to Old Norse bót (“bettering, remedy”) (Danish bod), Gothic 𐌱𐍉𐍄𐌰 (bota), German Buße.

  1. (dated) remedy, amends
  2. (uncountable) profit, plunder
  3. (obsolete) That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged; compensation; recompense
  4. (obsolete) Profit; gain; advantage; use.

Shortening of bootstrap.

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

From bootleg (“to make or sell illegally”), by shortening

  1. A bootleg recording.

    boot was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, and Portuguese

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Boot

    Max Boot is a writer. Max was born on September 12th, 1969.


    Oliver Boot is an actor. Oliver was born in 1979 in London Borough of Camden.


    1st was born as the child of John Boot on June 2nd, 1850 in Nottinghamshire. He died on June 13th, 1931.


    Harry Boot was a scientist in the field of physics. Harry was born on July 29th, 1917 in Birmingham. He left this life on February 8th, 1983.



    Chris was born on May 27th, 1960 in Kynnersley.


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    Ethnicity Boot U.S.
      White 90.78% 64.26%
      African American 3.92% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.16% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.76% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Boot

    • How Popular is the name Boot? As a last name Boot was the 42,511th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Boot first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Boot is Tuesday, July 1st, 1879.
    • How unique is the name Boot? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Boot. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Boot: Your name in reverse order is Toob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otob. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Boot? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 510 people with the last name Boot.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Boot? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Boot as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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