Definition of hoofer in English:

hoofer

noun

informal
  • A professional dancer.

    ‘the diminutive hoofer is hotfooting it around Britain on a marathon tour’
    • ‘And I never really thought about movies until I hung up my tap shoes and went, OK, I can't be a hoofer for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘On the phone from her hotel room in Pasadena, she talked about taking on a role associated with two of the great hoofers of our time.’
    • ‘It was a treat to see Buster Brown, an old-time hoofer of Apollo fame, who still has an easy upper body and lilting feet at age 86.’
    • ‘Veteran hoofer Lionel Blair was surrounded by dancing stars on stage in Bromley to kick off the theatre's new programme.’
    • ‘It also exposes the vulnerability of these unhappy hoofers.’
    • ‘Jerry Travers is an American hoofer arriving in London to help out his pal, producer Horace Hardwick, with a new song-and-dance show.’
    • ‘The rest of the time is padded out by him interviewing Broadway hoofers past and present and telling us all about the traditions of this ‘Great White Way’.’
    • ‘Fred Astaire plays an aging hoofer looking for a comeback on Broadway.’
    • ‘He brings such intelligence to dramatic roles as well as being a fine hoofer.’
    • ‘Many of them were quite good at it, having made a living as Broadway hoofers before they went west.’
    • ‘Dancers have never been quite so in demand for videos and live shows - and sometimes the hoofers in the background become stars in their own right.’
    • ‘The question that fuels the narrative is this: will they (the movie hoofer and the ballerina) be able to dance together?’
    • ‘In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the charismatic hoofer was the highest-paid black entertainer in the country.’
    • ‘He joked and quoted old hoofers, dead and alive.’
    • ‘They seem like ghastly old hoofers at the end of the Music Hall era: earnestly trying to edify us with a touch of the exotic.’
    • ‘Now, though, he has discovered a taste for musicals, and wonders whether a career as a hoofer might beckon.’
    • ‘I'm a musician, I'm a hoofer, I'm an entertainer from a line of entertainers.’
    • ‘Then the dance number ends, and one of the hoofers steps forward.’
    • ‘Growing up in a family of hoofers made for a very focused life.’
    • ‘I have to say here, that the corps de ballet (that's the poncy equivalent of the chorus line, for you unenlightened) were the biggest bunch of clodhopping hoofers I've ever seen.’

Pronunciation

hoofer

/ˈhuːfə/