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.
- A heavy shoe that covers part of the leg.
- A blow with the foot; a kick.
- (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.
- A torture device used on the feet or legs, such as a Spanish boot.
- (US) A parking enforcement device used to immobilize a car until it can be towed or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
- A rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing, which is inflated periodically to remove ice buildup. A deicing boot.
- (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.
- (archaic) A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
- (US, military, law enforcement, slang) A recently arrived recruit; a rookie.
- (Australia, Britain, New Zealand, automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan or saloon car.
- (informal) The act or process of removing or firing someone.
- (Britain, slang) unattractive person, ugly woman
- (firearms) A hard plastic case for a long firearm, typically moulded to the shape of the gun and intended for use in a vehicle.
- (baseball) A bobbled ball.
- (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.
- (dated) remedy, amends
- (uncountable) profit, plunder
- (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
- (obsolete) Profit; gain; advantage; use.
Shortening of bootstrap.
- (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
- A bootleg recording.
boot was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, and Portuguese