Etymology: Middle English shoo, from Old English scōh; akin to Old High German scuoh shoe
Date: before 12th century
a. an outer covering for the human foot typically having a thick or stiff sole with an attached heel and an upper part of lighter material (as leather)
b. a metal plate or rim for the hoof of an animal
2. something resembling a shoe in function or placement
3. plural another's place, function, or viewpoint <steps from assistant stage manager into the star's shoes — Steven Fuller> 4. a device that retards, stops, or controls the motion of an object; especially the part of a brake that presses on the brake drum 5. a. any of various devices that are inserted in or run along a track or groove to guide a movement, provide a contact or friction grip, or protect against wear, damage, or slipping b. a device (as a clip or track) on a camera that permits attachment of an accessory item (as a flash unit) 6. a dealing box designed to hold several decks of playing cards • shoeless adjective II. transitive verb (shod; also shoed; shoeing) Date: before 12th century 1. to furnish with a shoe 2. to cover for protection, strength, or ornament
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.