Definition of hobnail in English:

hobnail

noun

  • 1A short heavy-headed nail used to reinforce the soles of boots.

    • ‘Of the other material categories, footwear is as likely to be absent as present - although without hobnails and suitable conditions for preservation, we cannot be certain about frequency.’
    • ‘Leather shoes lasted no time at all without hobnails, and conversely, floors, whether of stone or wood, lasted no time at all without matting of some sort.’
    • ‘A block away we hear the rumble of hobnails on cobblestone.’
    • ‘When Douglas Hadow's boots were examined, it was found that the hobnails on their soles were worn almost smooth.’
    • ‘Adults had hobnailed shoes, but hobnails were not found with children so they were bare-foot or wore un-nailed shoes.’
    1. 1.1A blunt projection, especially in cut or molded glassware.
      • ‘Although particularly heavy, the bowl has a dainty design with a distinctive star-shaped base and a wealth of intricate engravings - various sunbursts panels are divided by parallel prisms from hobnail diamond panels.’
    2. 1.2Glass decorated with blunt projections.

Origin

Late 16th century: from hob + nail.

Pronunciation:

hobnail

/ˈhäbnāl/