boot Definition

  • 1a sturdy item of footwear covering the foot, the ankle, and sometimes the leg below the knee
  • 2the trunk of a car
  • 3an act of kicking something or someone

Using boot: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "boot" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to buy a new pair of boots for winter.

  • Example

    The thief broke into the car and stole the boot.

  • Example

    He gave the ball a good boot across the field.

boot Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using boot

  • lick someone's boots

    behave obsequiously towards someone in order to gain favor or advantage


    He's always licking the boss's boots to get ahead in the company.

  • shake in one's boots

    be very frightened or nervous


    I was shaking in my boots when I had to give a speech in front of the whole school.

  • too big for one's boots

    conceited or arrogant


    Ever since he got promoted, he's been too big for his boots and won't talk to us anymore.

Phrases with boot

  • dismiss someone from employment; eject someone from a place


    The manager gave him the boot for being late too many times.

  • boot up

    start a computer or other electronic device by loading an operating system or program into its memory


    I need to boot up my laptop to check my email.

  • in the trunk of a car


    We put the suitcases in the boot and set off on our road trip.

Origins of boot

from Old English 'bōt', meaning 'shoe'


Summary: boot in Brief

The term 'boot' [buːt] refers to a type of sturdy footwear that covers the foot, ankle, and sometimes the leg. It also denotes the trunk of a car and an act of kicking something or someone. Phrases like 'give someone the boot' and 'boot up' are common, as well as idioms like 'lick someone's boots,' meaning to behave obsequiously, and 'shake in one's boots,' meaning to be very frightened or nervous.

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