Bus"kin (?), n. [Prob. from OF. brossequin, or D. broosken. See Brodekin.]
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.
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.
© Webster 1913.