Definitions

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

  • n. A smooth curved implement, often of plastic or metal, inserted at the heel to help put on a shoe.
  • transitive v. To squeeze into or as if into an insufficient space: The usher shoehorned us into the back of the crowded theater.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tool used to assist putting the foot into a shoe by sliding the heel in.
  • n. Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium.
  • n. Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.
  • v. To use a shoehorn.
  • v. To force (something) into (a tight space); to squeeze (something) into (a schedule, etc); to exert great effort to insert or include (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A curved piece of polished horn, wood, or metal used to facilitate the entrance of the foot into a shoe.
  • n.
  • n. Anything by which a transaction is facilitated; a medium; -- by way of contempt.
  • n. Anything which draws on or allures; an inducement.
  • transitive v. to squeeze or force into a tight-fitting space, with or as though with a shoehorn; -- often used figuratively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as shocinghorn, 1.

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

  • v. fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited
  • n. a device used for easing the foot into a shoe

Etymologies

shoe +‎ horn (Wiktionary)

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  • I delight in the verbal use of this word.

    October 17, 2008

  • "I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on."
    - Muhammad Ali

    September 25, 2008