One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A soft shoe, typically a knitted one worn by a baby.
- ‘Organic cotton clothing items available for infants include baby gowns, one-piece outfits, undershirts, sleepwear, booties, dresses, caps, jumpers, and bibs.’
- ‘‘But last week a special decorative basket, a pair of child's booties and a special vase were also taken and other items rearranged on his grave so we wouldn't notice,’ she said.’
- ‘My mother was not only a talented seamstress but handy with tools (as a baby, she once dressed me up like a Smurf complete with a homemade white cap and booties, and a working stroller made of twigs and old logs).’
- ‘Encased in tiny silky booties, the feet would stay softer than a baby's bum.’
- ‘I'd planned to arrive at their house one day all smiles and carrying a little pair of woollen booties.’
- ‘It's so easy to point fingers, but put yourself in a Crack Baby's booties for a second.’
- ‘Her two-year-old daughter wore pink booties - along with a black hat with ‘army of Allah’ written on it in gold.’
- ‘I wished someone had warned me that baby booties are really fiddly to sew up.’
- ‘But my fears of sleepless nights were totally unfounded because five-month-old Oliver, bless his cotton booties, is not usually the crying type.’
- ‘Grandma was probably in front of the television, obliviously knitting her booties.’
- ‘They get her footprints, and they dress her in a tiny, yellow lace gown, complete with matching booties and a yellow knit cap.’
- ‘My friends aren't much help since they are all boring married couples that would rather stay at home and knit booties than go out.’
- ‘I also picked up some flowery ribbon thingies that would be good for lining baby booties.’
- ‘I think Grandma was knitting her booties again.’
- ‘Fluffy pink baby booties lay in the palm of my hand.’
- ‘How sporting of Ahriman to sit in the corner and knit booties while Duncan gets his head together.’
- ‘Mrs Tutka, who lives in Chippenham, has knitted baby clothes for the last 12 years, creating hundreds of blankets, clothes and booties for the infants of poor immigrants from Russia and Ethiopia, who arrive in Israel without a penny.’
- ‘I should go out and buy little booties or something.’
- ‘We also include our golf shoe bootie or baby golf hat with all of our infant outfits.’
- ‘Louisa sat in her rocking chair knitting away more booties for no one.’
2A woman's short boot.
- ‘Does their work and data make up for the numerous impacts of many a well-turned ankle clad in contoured Dior bootees?’
- ‘All her crowd has moved on to Mukluks, handmade Canadian bootees, which until a couple of months ago have looked sensible wear for two-year-olds and Eskimos only.’
- ‘Those boxing booties are the bad kind of sport-fashion fusion.’
- ‘I mean, did they really think they could, just by stamping their million-dollar booties on the ground like some pampered rich man's son, get the sympathy of the country?’
- ‘No matter what your stance on these clunky, cozy booties, it's not going to stop quite yet.’
- ‘Not your typical galoshes, the slick rubber booties have an adorable white heel and are less about puddle-splashing, more about stylish strolls in the mist.’
- ‘You've bought the Gucci diamond-studded collar, the Prada booties and booked a minibreak at the dog spa.’
3A protective shoe or lining for a shoe.
- ‘While racing, the dogs wear special water resistant booties.’
- ‘Finally, scuba booties will protect your feet from the sun and chafing from your fins, and will come in handy for launching and landing your kayak.’
- ‘Contrary to health and safety regulations, the Duke refused to wear a hairnet and bootees while touring a factory in the Australian farming town of Wagga Wagga, rendering that day's production useless.’
- ‘I snapped on three pairs of gloves and two sets of booties over work boots and stepped inside a large plastic moon suit.’
- ‘His wound opened, and he was not given booties to even protect his infected and swollen foot.’
- ‘The little rescue party, wearing the post-Katrina fashion statement of plastic pants with bootees that go over their shoes and suspenders, veered quickly.’
- ‘Just slide a pair of booties over your road shoes, and much of the moisture will stay away from your feet.’
- ‘A couple of pairs of polyester rich socks, topped with a nice thick pair of hiking style socks and a pair of thinsulate booties will give your feet a fighting chance of staying if not warm then bearable.’
- ‘They were wearing disposable paper anti-contamination suits with face masks and booties.’
- ‘With the perfect mix of performance and fashion, this sport lifestyle shoe's most innovative feature is the removable interior bootie.’
- ‘He outfitted the animals with rawhide booties to protect their feet from the gravel and rock of the treacherous trails.’
- ‘I watched a blue-lipped girl in a rented semi-drysuit fill her booties with hot water in the toilets at Stoney Cove, trying to prepare herself for a second, icy dive.’
- ‘New this year, the waterproof neoprene Gaiter booties slip over running shoes or hiking boots.’
- ‘The bootie has an outsole for improved traction that utilizes a screen rubber pattern identical to the main shoe's outsole.’
Late 18th century (spelled bootee, as a proprietary term for a kind of women's boot): from boot + -ee or -ie.
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