adverb or adjective
bare·​foot | \ ˈber-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce barefoot (audio) \
variants: or barefooted \ ˈber-​ˈfu̇-​təd How to pronounce barefoot (audio) \

Definition of barefoot

: with the feet bare walked barefoot barefoot boy, with cheek of tan— J. G. Whittier

Examples of barefoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moody image saw the model standing barefoot in a meadow, with a sweeping vista of a misty forest as the backdrop. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 13 July 2021 JP Sipla, a 44-year-old member, is one of those golfers who plays his rounds barefoot. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Hess saw one patient who suffered third-degree burns on the soles of his feet from walking barefoot on hot asphalt. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2021 The franchise looked past a line of candidates who would have probably offered to summit Mt. Hood barefoot. John Canzano, oregonlive, 26 June 2021 Foster said the center treats some cases of small burns when people run barefoot to the mailbox and things like that, but the most serious injuries result from people falling on the hot ground. David Williams, CNN, 16 June 2021 According to The Charley Project, a nonprofit organization that tracks missing persons cases, Hines left her home at 3 a.m. that day barefoot and without her purse, phone, car or medication. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 28 May 2021 Raised in nearby Maguayo, his favorite pastime was running barefoot through the barrio, chasing wild animals and climbing trees. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 7 June 2021 A day for sipping cocktails, walking barefoot in the grass, and gobbling down summertime fare with family and friends. Nicole A. Taylor, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of barefoot

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Barefoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of barefoot

: without shoes : with the feet bare


adverb or adjective
bare·​foot | \ ˈber-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce barefoot (audio) \

Kids Definition of barefoot

: with the feet bare walking barefoot barefoot children

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