General English


  • noun a characteristic swelling in the stem of a cereal plant, produced as the developing ear moves up the stem


  • noun one of a set of flat, flexible tubes bonded to the leading edge or wings and other surfaces which, when pressurised with fluid, break up ice

Cars & Driving

  • noun a separate area for luggage behind the rear seats and mostly behind the rear window, or below the rear window in the case of fastback designs, with a hinged cover


  • verb to execute a set of instructions automatically in order to reach a required state


  • A term used to describe sleeves or coverings in many construction trades, such as a boot for pile driving, a boot for passing a pipe through a roof, and a boot for cold air return to a furnace casing.
  • The money that compensates for differences in value in a 1031-exchange. Boot is taxable even though the exchange may be tax free.


  • Abbreviation of booting (1), bootstrap (1), or bootstrapping (1).
  • A flexible protective jacket for cables, connectors, and the like. It may or may not be in the shape of a boot.


  • noun a special compartment, usually at the back of a car or similar vehicle, for carrying luggage and tools


  • verb to vomit. This preppie expression is either echoic or is a blend of barf and ‘hoot’.
  • verb to leave, depart. Like bail, book, break a key term in the argot of street gangs.


  • acronym forbuild, own, operate, transfer
    (written as BOOT)

Origin & History of “boot”

Boot is a comparatively late acquisition by English. It came, either directly or via Old Norse bóti, from Old French bote, whose source is unknown. The modern British sense ‘car’s luggage compartment’ goes back to a 17th-century term for an outside compartment for attendants on a coach, which may have come directly from modern French botte.

The boot of ‘to boot’ is a completely different word. It comes from Old English bōt ‘advantage, remedy’, which can be traced back to a prehistoric Germanic base *bat-, source also of better and best.