• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Half-boot A boot with a short top covering only the ankle. See Cocker, and Congress boot, under Congress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n half-boot Same as boot, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Half-boot a boot reaching half-way to the knee
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healf (Ger. halb, Dan. halv); original meaning 'side.'


In literature:

Twist paused with a boot half on.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
He saw only Peter's shining collar, his fine boots and good clothes, and above all the smile, half of shame, half of triumph, upon his face.
"The Underworld" by James C. Welsh
In less than half a minute three men had thrown off their boots, and were swimming across, amid the laughter and shouts of their fellows.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
His boots is right through, and his coat's half off his back.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
This he did, and had cut out and nearly half made a pair of doll's boots before the usual time of going to work.
"Watch--Work--Wait" by Sarah A. Myers
Here's your half-baked boots.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
He sank down, half dressed, on the bed with his head on his breast, leaving his boots and Mary Ann's gloves scattered about the floor.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
He wore very large half-boots, which his legs filled, so fearfully were they swollen.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
These new boots will be easier to the feet after half an hour's walking.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Half-hours with the Telescope" by Richard A. Proctor

In poetry:

I shall wear great boots, shall strut and shout,
Keep my locks curled.
The fame of my name shall go ringing about
Over half the world.
"After The Play" by Robert Graves
I have business more strange
Than the shape of my boots,
And my interests range
From the sky, to the roots
Of this dung-hill you live in,
You half-rotted shoots
"The Foreigner" by Amy Lowell
The youth sighed heavy sighs,
And laughed a scornful laugh:
"Of all the silly things I know,
You're the silliest, by half!"
Still, after a space of doubt and thought,
The pair of boots and the bag were bought.
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates
With a flash of gold where the peering moon
Saw an earring as it swung,
And a silver line that leapt and died
Where the salt-white sea-boots hung,
And the pitiful, nodding, silent heads,
With half of their songs unsung.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
The Boss affected larger boots than many Western men,
And Jim the Ringer swore the shoe was half as big again;
And tigers might have heard the boss ere any harm was done—
For when he passed it was a sort of dot and carry one.
"The Boss's Boots" by Henry Lawson
Her half laced boots fit tightly as she tripped along the grass,
And she set her foot so lightly where the early bee doth pass.
Oh Peggy was a young thing, her face was common sense,
I courted her about the spring and loved her ever thence.
"Peggy" by John Clare

In news:

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Wally Boot has spent the last half-century making Steinway pianos in New York City.
As a Rootstown player raced toward the goal Thursday night in the first half of the Division III, Kent District title game against Champion, she booted a shot way above the net.
Marine Boot Camp , Half Hour Special.
"The X Factor" Recap: Boot Camp Dismisses Half the Acts.
Wednesday's edition of The X Factor on Fox featured a challenging boot camp round in Miami, with half of the 120 acts, including Trevor Moran, Quatrele Smith and Jake Garza, being eliminated by the end of the show.
Hot Tix has half-price tickets to Kinky Boots performances this week, which means they're running about $40 to $50.
Snatch half price tickets to ' Kinky Boots' while you can.
Since 1954 firefighters nationwide have taken to the streets with boots in hand raising money for Muscular Dystrophy raising over half a billion dollars.
That's where the first half of the title comes into play, as Frank's son delivers to him a robotic assistant, a diminutive android that can help Frank live independently and provide a measure of companionship to boot.
Snatch half price tickets to 'Kinky Boots' while you can.