adverb or adjective
bare·​foot | \ ˈber-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce barefoot (audio) \
variants: or barefooted \ ˈber-​ˈfu̇-​təd How to pronounce barefooted (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 Usually, a plantar's wart occurs after germs have entered your foot's skin through tiny abrasions, usually while walking barefoot outside. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Why Are My Feet Always in Pain? 12 Surprising Reasons Your Feet Ache," 20 July 2020 Then things changed: After Diana was picked up by police officers who found her running barefoot in a dress on Highway 101 in Marin County, her mother urged doctors to press a more intensive course of medication. Demian Bulwa,, "SF homeless project: As crisis worsens, seeking signs of hope," 5 July 2020 As demonstrators marched along their private street in St. Louis, Mark and Patricia McCloskey emerged barefoot from their mansion, brandishing loaded weapons at the crowd in what many read as an act of intimidation., "Boston Globe video," 1 July 2020 The male homeowner stood barefoot on his Renaissance-style porch in the Central West End neighborhood while carrying a semi-automatic weapon at around 6 p.m. local time, while his wife pointed a pistol at the gathering. Fox News, "St. Louis couple draw weapons on protesters headed to mayor's house: report," 29 June 2020 Best to drive it barefoot, as clutch, brake, and gas pedals are arranged sardine-style. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Caterham Super 7 Blends the Lightweight Purity of the Lotus 7 With A Modern Drivetrain," 28 June 2020 And surprisingly, for most of human history this long distance travel was done barefoot. Peter Francis, CNN, "Barefoot running: Why you should consider it to prevent injuries," 3 June 2020 The kids played barefoot in the sand and the dirt, making us 'ice cream cones' with wet sand and catching tiny silver fish with their crabbing nets. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Ben and Erin Napier Head on Family Vacation in New Airstream Trailer, Jolene," 1 June 2020 This suggests a combination of getting more active, walking or running barefoot more often, and other conditioning exercises may help prevent further injuries in the future. Peter Francis, CNN, "Barefoot running: Why you should consider it to prevent injuries," 3 June 2020

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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