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A short nail with a thick head used to protect the soles of shoes or boots.
Having or decorated with a raised pattern of bumps resembling such nails.

[hob, peg, projection (obsolete) + nail.]

hob′nailed′ adj.


(Clothing & Fashion)
a. a short nail with a large head for protecting the soles of heavy footwear
b. (as modifier): hobnail boots.
[C16: from hob1 (in the archaic sense: peg) + nail]
ˈhobˌnailed adj



a large-headed nail for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes.
[1585–95; hob1 + nail]
hob′nailed`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hobnail - a short nail with a thick headhobnail - a short nail with a thick head; used to protect the soles of boots
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
Verb1.hobnail - supply with hobnails
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"


[ˈhɒbneɪl] Nclavo m (de botas)


nSchuhnagel m, → Schuhzwecke f
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That is all very true," said the Republican Form of Government, putting on its hobnail shoes; "but consider how I thrill you every Fourth of July.
Hobnail, the reformer; and Reverend Jul Bat, who has converted the whole torrid zone in his Sunday school; and Signor Torre del Greco, who extinguished Vesuvius by pouring into it the Bay of Naples; Spahi, the Persian ambassador; and Tul Wil Shan, the exiled nabob of Nepaul, whose saddle is the new moon.
One's shoes must be strong and heavy, and have pointed hobnails in them.
The floor was seemingly inches deep, except where there were recent footsteps, in which on holding down my lamp I could see marks of hobnails where the dust was cracked.
It contains everything I've come to love about Colfer's work: it is amazingly funny, it's high-tech without the nerdyness, it's sci-fi and fantasy without the Trekiness, it's folklore with hobnail boots on; it's fast-paced, deliciously written, wicked and entertaining.
Among them is the Classic Hobnail Collection, which was originally produced in milk glass in the 1960s and is now available in new colors.
The pair, wearing hobnail boots, heavy woollen and tweed clothing and carrying a cumbersome and primitive oxygen system, were spotted within 1000ft of the 29,029ft summit before they vanished.
The special Playday at St Gregory's RC School in South Shields, saw pupils aged from four to 11 dress up in mop caps and pigtails or flat caps and hobnail boots.
Follow the vague set of instructions below and you might end up with something tasty and nutritious with a kick like Gavin Henson in hobnail boots.
The only clue for the police were footprints in the back garden made from well worn hobnail boots.
Gibson Overseas was noted by retailers for both its glazed dinnerware and its hobnail glassware.
The motivation comes easy, because if you have worked for years as a bricklayer then it's a pleasure to wear football boots rather than hobnail boots.