Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A forked device for holding a boot secure while the foot is being withdrawn.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An implement of wood or iron used to hold a boot while the foot is drawn out of it.
  • noun An actor of utility parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A device for pulling off boots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a V-shaped, or forked, device for pulling off boots.
  • verb slang to steal

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

  • noun has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots

Etymologies

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boot +‎ jack

Examples

  • He backed away in search of the bootjack, making like it was all a big joke.

    Come Again No More

  • He backed away in search of the bootjack, making like it was all a big joke.

    Come Again No More

  • He backed away in search of the bootjack, making like it was all a big joke.

    Come Again No More

  • Mr. Grewgious, bolt upright as usual, sat taking his wine in the dusk at his open window; his wineglass and decanter on the round table at his elbow; himself and his legs on the window – seat; only one hinge in his whole body, like a bootjack.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • ‘All right,’ said the ‘Admiral,’ and off the thing thundered, like a fire – engine at full gallop, with the kidnapped customer inside, standing in the position of a half doubled – up bootjack, and falling about with every jerk of the machine, first on the one side, and then on the other, like a

    Sketches by Boz

  • On this particular evening the urgency of my case demanded a pint of this mixture, which was poured down my throat, for my greater comfort, while Mrs. Joe held my head under her arm, as a boot would be held in a bootjack.

    Great Expectations

  • I could have thrown my bootjack at him (it lay ready on the rug), for having entrapped me into the disclosure of anything concerning Agnes, however immaterial.

    David Copperfield

  • The fact is, that the “Royal Bootjack,” though a humble, was a very genteel house; and a very little persuasion would induce Mr. Crump, as he looked at his own door in the sun, to tell you that he had himself once drawn off with that very bootjack the top-boots of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the first gentleman in Europe.

    Mens Wives

  • Having delivered himself of this solemn preface, he brought the bootjack.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • An unrolled parchment map of the Dextral Mountains lay on a low table between them, held open by a decanter of ardent spirits, a silver bootjack, a heavy jeweled dagger, and a candlestick.

    Conqueror's Moon

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