afoot

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈfu̇t \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of afoot

1 : on foot
2 : in the process of development : under way
  • a plan is afoot to build a new school

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Origin and Etymology of afoot

Middle English afoten, afote, from a- 1a- + foten, dative plural & fote, dative singular of fot 1foot


AFOOT Defined for English Language Learners

afoot

adjective

Definition of afoot for English Language Learners

  • : developing or happening now : in progress


AFOOT Defined for Kids

afoot

adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈfu̇t \

Definition of afoot for Students

1 : on foot
  • traveled afoot
2 : happening now : going on
  • We sensed that there was trouble afoot.


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