Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “heel”

heel

noun [C] uk   /hiːl/ us  

heel noun [C] (BODY PART)

B2 the rounded back part of the foot
See also
The foot
the part of a sock or shoe that covers the heel of the footParts of clothes B1 the raised part at the back of a shoe, under your heelShoes and shoemaking

heel noun [C] (PERSON)

old-fashioned informal a person who treats other people badly and unfairly: I felt like a real heel when I saw how I'd upset her.Unpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men

heel noun [C] (HAND)

the raised part of the palm of your hand nearest the wristThe hand

heel noun [C] (END PART)

the end part of something, especially of a loaf of bread, that is usually left after the rest has been eaten or usedBread

heel

verb [T] uk   /hiːl/ us  
to repair the heel of a shoeShoes and shoemaking specialized sports In rugby, to heel the ball is to kick it backwards with the heel.RugbyGeneral terms used in ball sports

heel

exclamation uk   /hiːl/ us  
said to a dog to order it to come and stand close to you or to walk close to your side as you walkGiving orders and commands
(Definition of heel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of heel?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “heel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

innovate

to introduce changes and new ideas

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More