Bus"kin (?), n. [Prob. from OF. brossequin, or D. broosken. See Brodekin.]

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. Scott.

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.

 

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