(1)   The bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
(2)   (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
(3)   The lower end of a ship's mast
(4)   The back part of the human foot
(5)   One of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
(6)   Someone who is morally reprehensible
"You dirty dog"


(7)   Put a new heel on
"Heel shoes"
(8)   Strike with the heel of the club
"Heel a golf ball"
(9)   Perform with the heels
"Heel that dance"
(10)   Follow at the heels of a person
(11)   Tilt to one side
"The balloon heeled over"
"The wind made the vessel heel"
"The ship listed to starboard"

Etymology 1

hela, from Proto-Germanic *hāhil. Cognate with Dutch hiel, Swedish häl, Icelandic hæll. Compare hock.


  1. Part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg.
  2. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  3. On a long firearm, the back upper part of the stock.
  4. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
  5. A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
  6. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  7. The tilt of a ship to one side; also, angle of heel, the degree of such a tilt.

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Etymology 2

From Old English , cognate with Old Norse ( > Danish and Norwegian ).


  1. To incline to one side, to tilt (especially of ships).