adverb or adjective

bare·​foot ˈber-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce barefoot (audio)
variants or barefooted
: with the feet bare
walked barefoot
barefoot boy, with cheek of tanJ. G. Whittier

Examples of barefoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One patient, who spent just a few minutes barefoot outside, ended up with a third-degree burn that required a skin graft and two hospitalizations. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 4 June 2024 Slippers and flip-flops aren’t appropriate for the walking pad—and neither is going barefoot. Angela Haupt, TIME, 29 May 2024 Loose shoes — like, flip-flops ― are a no-no, and so is going barefoot. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2024 Britney Spears sparked concern early Thursday morning (May 2) when she was photographed exiting the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles barefoot around the same time an ambulance was dispatched to the hotel. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for barefoot 

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barefoot was before the 12th century

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“Barefoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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adverb or adjective
bare·​foot -ˌfu̇t How to pronounce barefoot (audio)
variants or barefooted
: with the feet bare : without shoes

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