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 Bou walked home over gravel and dirt roads barefoot., 7 Aug. 2022 Footage showed the boy on the trail repeatedly after the killing, frequently barefoot and carrying flipflops. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 The mud was thick, sucking at his ankles and feet as Drayden Brown worked barefoot in his yard. Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal, 24 Aug. 2022 Along the calming rush of Tahquitz Creek, Mr. Price hiked barefoot, often whipping out his phone to check his Twitter. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2022 The 36 women who participate in the dance appear barefoot, with braids wrapped around their heads, and small buns atop them. Fernanda Pérez Sánchez, Vogue, 8 Aug. 2022 Mendes, 23, also went barefoot during a stroll with his muscular physique and tattoos on display. Shafiq Najib,, 24 July 2022 Pain comes from pressure on the nodule by your shoes or by being barefoot on the floor, but symptoms are often worse when wearing shoes. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2022 And the thought of being barefoot while going through security? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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