Definition of plimsoll in English:


(also plimsole)


  • A light rubber-soled canvas shoe, worn especially for sports.

    • ‘Fortunately, the caves are warm here so an old shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of green farmer's plimsolls are pretty well adequate.’
    • ‘When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just plimsolls and fluorescent ‘clackers’ on our wheels and hardly any brakes.’
    • ‘Today, she's wearing plimsolls that skip across her kitchen's wooden floor with quick little trit-trot movements.’
    • ‘And, comfortable as they may look, O'Neill also urges parents to campaign against any school policy that requires children to wear plimsolls inside at all times.’
    • ‘Athletes must complete a 200-yard circuit, gingerly stepping over obstacles in their path such as fast-food containers, cans of lager and noxious-smelling plimsolls.’
    • ‘So they opted for a tailored calf-length coat - chocolate brown - with a blue pinstripe suit and white plimsolls.’
    • ‘Indeed, it's hard to believe that the young woman sprawled on the floor in her jeans and pink plimsolls, fiddling with her earrings, is going to let any of it go to her head.’
    • ‘She is already wealthier than the 50 school friends she once ran with, in plimsolls and skirts.’
    • ‘There, on the wall, are a gorgeous pair of 1960s plimsolls - white, with little red bows and tiny red stripes around the base.’
    • ‘Naturally we were equally impressed by the bravery of Commander Crabb, who took them on equipped only with a pair of plimsolls and some swimming goggles.’
    training shoe, running shoe, sports shoe, tennis shoe, plimsoll
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Late 19th century: probably from the resemblance of the side of the sole to a Plimsoll line.