Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a device used for easing the foot into a shoe
  2. (verb, change) fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited

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Alternate forms of Shoehorn

Hypernyms: accommodate, adapt, device

Origin of the word Shoehorn

  1. 1589, from shoe + horn; earlier shoeing-horn (1440). The verb in the fig. sense of "to put or thrust (something somewhere) by means of a 'tool' " is recorded from 1859. Earlier it meant "to cuckold" (c.1650), with a play on horn. more

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