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 part of a sock or shoe that covers the heel of the foot B1 the raised part at the back of a shoe, under your heel

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.

heel noun [C] (HAND)

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

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 used

heel

verb [T] uk   /hiːl/ us  
to repair the heel of a shoe specialized sports In rugby, to heel the ball is to kick it backwards with the heel.

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 walk
(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

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More