Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a boot reaching halfway up to the knee

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Alternate forms of Buskin

Hypernyms: boot

Origin of the word Buskin

  1. "half boot," c.1500, origin unknown, perhaps from O.Fr. brousequin (14c., Mod.Fr. brodequin, by influence of broder "to embroider") or M.Du. brosekin "small leather boot." Figurative senses relating to tragedy are from the word being used (since mid-16c.) to translate Gk. kothurnus, the high, thick-soled boot worn in Athenian tragedy; contrast… more

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