Definition of soft-shoe in English:



  • A kind of tap dance performed in soft-soled shoes.

    ‘he could dance a jig or a soft-shoe’
    [as modifier] ‘a soft-shoe shuffle’
    • ‘Fagan gives the group work a flavor of the vernacular, with disco movement, skittering cakewalk and soft-shoe steps, fast tap-dance turns, and the high lifts and dramatic held poses of exhibition ballroom dance.’
    • ‘But there are less serious delights as well, like a 1934 program from a school dance recital that features young ‘Mercier Cunningham’ in a soft-shoe duet.’
    • ‘There are also a few musical numbers, including Stan and Ollie doing a little soft-shoe to the cowboy stylings of the Avalon Brothers.’
    • ‘The band, which includes two part-timers on guitar and keyboards, has an easy-going soft-shoe pop sound, not unlike much of the Promise Ring's more recent material.’
    • ‘It's this last film that truly paved the way for what ultimately was inevitable for Woody Allen: a full-fledged, old-fashioned musical, with actors singing their hearts out and breaking into impromptu soft-shoes.’
    • ‘In the second quarter of the Rams' loss to the Giants in Week 1, Warner dropped back, pumped the ball, patted it and practically did a soft-shoe dance before defensive tackle Lance Legree sacked him and forced a fumble.’
    • ‘In ‘Timeless to Me,’ Harvey Fierstein and Dick Latessa, playing Tracy's parents, do a nostalgic soft-shoe.’
    • ‘The ancient Royal Mile echoed to nothing but the soft-shoe shuffle of an American tourist.’
    • ‘One-on-one with the goalkeeper, he does a little body-swerve, shows him the eyes, then takes the ball wide with a soft-shoe shuffle and rolls it over the line.’
    • ‘It concludes, for example, with a soft-shoe routine by Spacey and the young actor who plays him as a boy.’
    • ‘The ball fell to Andy van der Meyde at the far post of the German goal, but before he could perform the necessary soft-shoe shuffle that would have enabled him to tee-up a shot, a German defender had closed him down.’
    • ‘Roger once won a local dance marathon, staying upright with his soft-shoe partner for over 35 hours.’
    • ‘He invites his team mates to watch him dance and take his incredible soft-shoe routine to heart.’
    • ‘Sitting in Hirst's west-end Toronto office, they did a Fred-and-Ginger soft-shoe routine talking about the film.’
    • ‘Grinning and overly cooperative, Corran proceeded to bow, make a strange sign over his head, and do a kind of soft-shoe shuffle over to a mat in the corner of the room.’
    • ‘Arthur Murray might disapprove of the weaving steps our children take as they sashay around the sofa or do a soft-shoe on the stairs.’
    • ‘They make up, however, and perform a duet of ‘Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,’ complete with some soft-shoe moves.’
    • ‘I keep whistling the magnificent Eric Idle soft-shoe number with which Life of Brian draws to a close.’
    • ‘An Andrew Lloyd Weber musical called Bombay Dreams - with all the songs, sparkles, and soft-shoe that are Bollywood's trademarks - is a hit in London's West End and will soon open on Broadway.’
    • ‘Apparently soft-shoe dancers covered the stage in sand, and then three grades of sandpaper were rubbed together to make music.’


  • 1 Perform a soft-shoe dance.

    • ‘On an impromptu stage, two song-and-dance men in Santa hats soft-shoe for their fellow GIs.’
    • ‘Even Toll enjoyed the Danzig number; he amassed his strength and to a shocked audience began to soft-shoe to the music.’
    creep, move stealthily, tiptoe, pad, soft-shoe, steal, sneak, nose, sidle, stalk, prowl, slink, skulk, tread warily
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    1. 1.1Move quietly and carefully so as not to draw attention to oneself.
      ‘I soft-shoed after him’
      figurative ‘he soft-shoed into a safer topic of conversation’
      • ‘Aren't you soft-shoeing around her these days?’
      • ‘You may be soft-shoeing around situations that could get you into trouble.’