Definition of mukluk in US English:



North American
  • A high, soft boot that is worn in the American Arctic and is traditionally made from sealskin.

    • ‘Inspired by the Arctic dogsled adventures of designer Patti Steger Holmburg, the Minnesota-based company makes mukluks and moccasins in the Native American tradition.’
    • ‘We wore the school uniform of white, long-sleeved shirt, navy slacks, and boarding-school-issue mukluks.’
    • ‘I never wore those blasted boots again after that day, instead switching to the lighter Sorrell boots, or mukluks if not venturing far from camp.’
    • ‘Mud-encrusted mukluks and wet Wellingtons have left their dirty footprints in your foyer and down the cellar stairs.’
    • ‘People are swapping their snowshoes and mukluks for sandals.’
    • ‘I have been sewing for the past 40 years for my family, making mukluks, parkas, and mitts.’
    • ‘Similarly, the temperature in the theatre is slightly lower than usual for this production, I suspect more in deference to the poor actors, bundled up in skins and mukluks, than in an attempt to inflict suffering on the audience.’
    • ‘Handmade in Alaska by Alaskans, red-fox mukluks, with leather or arctic-fox trim, would give you cosy toes this Christmas.’
    • ‘While it would seem that they're still popular with us mere civilians, for trendsetters such as Kate Moss and Beyoncé Knowles, the Canadian mukluk is far superior.’
    • ‘There is a wood floor and you don't need to wear your boots inside, but a pair of wool slipper socks or mukluks is a good idea.’
    • ‘I know, it's not politically correct, but I want an authentic pair of mukluks and the natives did not make mukluks out of fake fur.’
    • ‘Bert told me that he had made his last trip to Antarctica in 1996, and that at the age of 68 he had decided to hang up his mukluks and finally call it a day.’
    • ‘It was Chihirae who came in along with a blast of icy air, pausing and leaning against the doorframe while she shook the remaining clumps of ice and snow that clung to her ankles and feet like it would to a pair of mukluks.’
    • ‘Prior to Bellows, he was stomping around in mukluks, parka and snow pants patrolling missile fields in North Dakota.’
    • ‘Traditional clothing, from mukluks to fur parkas, has become valued as art and artifact outside the Inuit.’
    • ‘Visions of mukluks and plaid flannel flood the mind when asked to describe Canuck chic.’
    • ‘Wearing his mukluks on wide skis, he uses his wood skis in all conditions.’


Mid 19th century: from Yupik maklak ‘bearded seal’.