Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A professional dancer, especially a tap dancer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A professional dancer, particularly one who has paid his or her dues

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a professional dancer, especially a tap dancer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a professional dancer

Etymologies

hoof +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It riffs on some other fundamental parts of the tap dance tradition, including the familiar shaven haircut and what's known as a hoofer's line.

    Concerto in Rhythm with Tap-Dance Revival

  • The one on the left is a "hoofer" (Points = 5) and the other is a "razorback" (Points =

    Kruse Kronicle

  • You're light on your feet for a hoofer, Twinkletoes.

    The Legion of American Watchers

  • So I can vouch for his genial generosity, wise humanity, and the glint in his eye with which he would, with reasonable content, have surveyed Wales's sometimes fetching performance in last month's World Cup, although the old hoofer would have snorted at their pathetic goal-kicking.

    Tons of reasons to support the monarchs of sport | Frank Keating

  • Strapping, handsome, lithe, with a killer smile, he's an actor who shows great range here, whether embodying the regret of a man whose life has disintegrated before his eyes or transforming into the loose-limbed hoofer that Valentin can be.

    Marshall Fine: Movie review: The Artist

  • It is said hoofer Fred Astaire threw his new custom made fine cut English suits against the wall repeatedly to "knock the newness out of them".

    Roger Stone: StoneZone's 2011 Best and Worst Dressed

  • When the youngest son (Johnnie Ray) decides to become a priest, his father (a long-time vaudevillian and hoofer) reacts as negatively as some men do upon learning that their son is gay.

    George Heymont: Can't Stop the Music

  • All the showbiz cliches about the unknown plucked from the chorus to become an overnight sensation are here in the tale of small-town hoofer Peggy Sawyer, who arrives on Broadway with stars in her eyes and gets a lucky break that changes her life.

    This week's new theatre and dance

  • Don't and you maintain a valid voice in politics, wrote another, who has yet to appreciate the enormous exposure a political figure enjoys if he or she plays hoofer for the enjoyment of the more than 20 million people who watch this competition series.

    Larry King's live comedy tour. Yes, really.

  • And Ellen Harvey has a blast as Miss Jones, especially with her warbling on "Brotherhood Of Man" inserted perhaps to give some vocal spark to the big dance finale in which Radcliffe shined as a hoofer but obviously could not belt out over that chorus.

    Michael Giltz: Theater: Daniel Radcliffe "Succeeds" on Broadway

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