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  • n. A traditional shoe, formerly made and worn on the Aran Islands of County Galway, Ireland, consisting of a single piece of untanned hide folded around the foot and stitched with twine or a leather strap.


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  • For tourists they move their patooties

    To tend to their islander duties,

    And, playing to type,

    While smoking a pipe

    They stroll in their knits and pampooties.

    June 13, 2014

  • The Word of the Day notification for this word contains examples and etymological information not included on this page. These follow:


    Men and women alike wear 'pampooties' - slippers of cowhide, with the hair outside - and walk with the alertness and erectness that learned from rocky ground and the of stiff and high heeled boots.

    Martin Ross, Some Irish Yesterdays

    It is observed that the people of Aran, who wear seal-skin pumps, or 'pampooties,' are never afliicted with gout.

    Royal Irish Academy, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy

    He was a big dark-haired, gray-eyed young man, Celt from the top of his narrow black head to the ends of his pampootie-shod feet.

    The Living Age


    This word is Irish in origin and may ultimately come from the Dutch 'pampoesje,' indoor slipper.

    June 13, 2014

  • Would that my shoe had such a lofty title....

    June 15, 2010

  • Much older than the Ghillie of Drumacoon Bog, a pre?-10th century leather shoe found in Ireland.

    June 10, 2010

  • “You can see the imprints of the big toe,” said another team leader, Ron Pinhasi, an archaeologist at University College Cork in Ireland, who said the shoe resembled old Irish pampooties, rawhide slippers.

    The New York Times, This Shoe Had Prada Beat by 5,500 Years, by Pam Belluck, June 9, 2010

    June 10, 2010