Meaning of “heel” in the English Dictionary

"heel" in British English

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heelnoun [ C ]

uk /hiːl/ us /hiːl/

heel noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

B2 the rounded back part of the foot

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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

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heelverb [ T ]

uk /hiːl/ us /hiːl/

to repair the heel of a shoe

specialized sports In rugby, to heel the ball is to kick it backwards with the heel.

heelexclamation

uk /hiːl/ us /hiːl/

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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heel" in American English

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heelnoun [ C ]

us /hil/

heel noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

the rounded back part of the foot:

I’ve got a splinter in my heel.

The heel of your hand is the raised, inside part close to the wrist.

heel noun [ C ] (FOOT COVERING)

the part of a sock or shoe that covers the rounded back part of the foot, or the part of the bottom of a shoe that lifts the back of the foot higher than the front

heel noun [ C ] (PERSON)

infml a person who treats other people badly and unfairly:

I felt like a real heel when I saw how upset she was.

heelverb [ I ]

us /hil/

heel verb [ I ] (ORDER DOG)

If you say "Heel!" to a dog, you are ordering it to walk close to you.

(Definition of “heel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)