Definition of bovver boots in English:

bovver boots

noun

British
informal
  • Heavy laced boots extending to the mid-calf, typically worn by skinheads.

    • ‘The fairies, with their grubby faces and bovver boots, look and behave in part like naughty children who have raided the dressing-up box and in part like escapees from the local lunatic asylum.’
    • ‘But it has evolved from the skinhead and bovver boots image of the Seventies.’
    • ‘We knew he was a nerd before he acquired his skinhead haircut, and nobody will be fooled by his new bovver boots any more than they were by his baseball cap.’
    • ‘He was less impressed by the performance itself in which two actors, wearing all black and bovver boots took on the 21 different roles.’
    • ‘Drunken louts should be quaking in their bovver boots next month when a special booze patrol is launched in Wimbledon to crack down on their alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour.’
    • ‘But it was the visual image of the tribes that scandalised the public: the bovver boots and crops of the skins; the safety pins and loo-brush hairdos of the punks.’
    • ‘Is it time to cast off the bovver boots and pull on some sensible walking shoes?’
    • ‘The pregnant actress sported a particularly frumpy skirt, striped Nora Batty-style long socks and wedge-heeled bovver boots on a trip out in London.’
    • ‘At this point, I can picture my incensed critics lacing up their bovver boots for a spot of Grievous Literary Harm.’
    • ‘The one-time wild child may still strut his stuff in bovver boots but his sensitive playing never loses its grip.’
    gumboot, wellington, wader, walking boot, riding boot, field boot, jackboot, thigh boot, half-boot, ankle boot, pixie boot, chelsea boot, balmoral, desert boot, moon boot, snow boot
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Pronunciation

bovver boots

/ˈbɒvəbuːts/