from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A high shoe or half boot.
  • n. A shoe having the vamp and tongue made of one piece and the quarters lapping over the vamp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of horse-drawn carriage; a Blucher coach.
  • n. A sturdy laced leather half-boot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of half boot, or high shoe, with laces over the tongue; -- named from the Prussian general Blücher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong leather half-boot or high shoe, named after Field-marshal von Blücher, commander of the Prussian army in the later campaigns against Napoleon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Prussian general who is remembered for his leadership in the wars against Napoleon (1742-1819)
  • n. a high shoe with laces over the tongue


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.

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Named from Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742-1819), a Prussian general.


  • Asked to explain the gag, he says it's an urban legend - that "blucher" means "glue" in German. - News

  • The woman's shoe and heel resemble a blucher-style oxford seen in a pre-takeoff photo of Earhart.

    Lab scans bones that may belong to Amelia Earhart

  • Then again, I still find the running “blucher!” gag in Young Frankenstein hysterical.


  • “How the deuce should I know? or what do I care?” cries the young artist, stamping the heel of his blucher on the pavement.

    The Newcomes

  • Other substitutions included “embrace” for “tackle,” “blucher” for “slush buster,”* “muggings” for “hog wash,” “fearful” for “rough,” “wickedest” for “vilest,” “leer” for “slobber,” “jolly” for “bully,” and “swindle” for “humbug.”

    Mark Twain

  • I was wearing the clothes of a ship's boy, canvas trousers, thick blucher shoes, a rough check shirt, and a straw hat.

    Jim Davis

  • The little crowd outside the hut: selectors in washed and mended tweeds, some with paper collars, some wearing starched and ironed white coats, and in blucher boots, greased or blackened, or the young men wearing

    Children of the Bush

  • A heavy pair of blucher boots, with uppers parched and cracked, and soles so patched (patch over patch) with leather, boot protectors, hoop iron and hobnails that they were about two inches thick, and the boots weighed over five pounds.

    Children of the Bush

  • He wore a "soft" cotton shirt with collar attached, and blucher boots.

    Children of the Bush

  • Their dresses were red shirts, thick duck trousers, broad-brimmed hats, blucher boots, and leggings, with a strap round the waist to hold the axe and pouch containing matches, knife, and other small articles.

    The Young Berringtons The Boy Explorers


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  • (n): A high shoe or half boot.

    November 20, 2007