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Etymology 1

Old English hela, from Proto-Germanic *hāhil. Cognate with Dutch hiel, Swedish häl, Icelandic hæll. Compare hock.

Noun

Singular
heel

Plural
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Heel of a loaf of rye bread
  1. (anatomy) Part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg.
  2. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  3. On a long firearm, the back upper part of the stock.
  4. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
  5. (US) A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
  6. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  7. (nautical) The tilt of a ship to one side; also, the degree of such a tilt.
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Verb

Infinitive
to heel

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to heel (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
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Etymology 2

From Old English hyldan ("incline").

Verb

Infinitive
to heel

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to heel (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To incline to one side, to tilt (especially of ships).
Translations
incline

Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

heel, hele (no comparative; no superlative)

  1. complete, full, whole

Synonyms

Adverb

heel

  1. very

Verb

heel

  1. first person singular present tense of helen.
  2. imperative of helen.

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