Posted on

Pronunciation of Heel: Learn how to pronounce Heel in English correctly

Learn how to say Heel correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.

Oxford dictionary definition of the word heel:

1the back part of the human foot below the ankle.
the back part of the foot in vertebrate animals.
the part of a shoe or boot supporting the heel:
shoes with low heels
the part of a sock covering the heel.
(heels) high-heeled shoes.
2the part of the palm of the hand next to the wrist:
he rubbed the heel of his hand against the window
3a thing resembling a heel in form or position, in particular:
the end of a violin bow at which it is held.
the part of the head of a golf club nearest the shaft.
a crusty end of a loaf of bread, or the rind of a cheese.
a piece of the main stem of a plant left attached to the base of a cutting.
4 informal, dated an inconsiderate or untrustworthy man:
what kind of a heel do you think I am?
[with object]
1fit or renew a heel on (a shoe or boot):
they were soling and heeling heavy working boots
2(of a dog) follow closely behind its owner:
these dogs are born with the instinctive urge to heel
3 Rugby push or kick (the ball) out of the back of the scrum with one’s heel:
the ball was eventually heeled out
4 Golf strike (the ball) with the heel of the club.
5 [no object] touch the ground with the heel when dancing:
they got into lines and began to heel, toe, and then jump together
a command to a dog to walk close behind its owner.

at (or to) heel

(of a dog) close to and slightly behind its owner.
at (or on) the heels of

following closely after:
he headed off with Sammy at his heels
bring someone to heel

bring someone under control:
a threat that brought Edward to heel
cool (or British kick) one’s heels

be kept waiting:
he could cool his heels an hour or two longer
in the heel of the hunt

Irish at the last minute; finally:
in the heel of the hunt, the outcome of the match was decided by a penalty
kick up one’s heels

North American have a lively, enjoyable time.
set (or rock) someone back on their heels

astonish or disconcert someone:
she said something that rocked me back on my heels
take to one’s heels

run away.
turn on one’s heel

turn sharply round:
he turned on his heel and strode out
under the heel of

dominated or controlled by:
a population under the heel of a military dictatorship


[in combination]:
high-heeled shoes


Old English hēla, hǣla, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hiel, also to hough