from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of boot.
  • n. The sports shoes worn by players of certain games such as cricket and football.
  • n. A servant at a hotel etc. who cleans and blacks the boots and shoes. (takes a singular verb)
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of boot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A servant at a hotel or elsewhere, who cleans and blacks the boots and shoes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The porter or servant in a hotel who blacks the boots of guests and in some cases attends to the baggage. Formerly called a boot-catcher.
  • n. In tales of Norse mythology, the youngest son of a family, always represented as especially clever and successful.
  • n. A name applied to the youngest officer in a British regiment, or to the youngest member of a club, etc.
  • n. The marsh-marigold, Caltha palustris.


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