1. [syn: buskin, combat boot, desert boot, half boot, top boot]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Buskin \Bus"kin\, n. [Prob. from OF. brossequin, or D. broosken.
1. A strong, protecting covering for the foot, coming some
distance up the leg.
The hunted red deer's undressed hide
Their hairy buskins well supplied. --Sir W.
2. A similar covering for the foot and leg, made with very
thick soles, to give an appearance of elevation to the
stature; -- worn by tragic actors in ancient Greece and
Rome. Used as a symbol of tragedy, or the tragic drama, as
distinguished from comedy.
Great Fletcher never treads in buskins here,
No greater Jonson dares in socks appear. --Dryden.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a boot reaching halfway up to the knee [syn: buskin,
combat boot, desert boot, half boot, top boot]