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 Country is walking barefoot, eating pickled pig feet, pig ears. Snatching the butt of lightning bugs, making earrings. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "‘My Heart Makes It Country.’ Blanco Brown Talks 'The Git Up’ and the Fusion of Country and Rap," 27 July 2019 Key Concepts Physics Materials Compression Geology Introduction Summer is a nice time to take a stroll at the beach and walk barefoot along the shoreline. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make Water Disappear--With the Wet-Sand Effect," 25 July 2019 Taurasi sat barefoot at her locker late Friday, the sneakers and tape removed, charismatic as always but conflicted. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Diana Taurasi Still Putting On Shows In Connecticut," 14 July 2018 There may not be any pressing need for the world’s population to learn how to run barefoot through the snow, Hof says, but the technique could have other uses. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Science Explains How the Iceman Resists Extreme Cold," 23 May 2018 Going barefoot too much can tax these fat pads without offering external support, so your feet may start to hurt. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Shoe Mistakes That Could Definitely Be Causing Your Foot Pain," 18 Apr. 2018 Their relationship is clearly on another level because Peyton isn't nervous at all to go barefoot around him! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Peyton List From "Jessie" and "Bunk'd" Has a Hot New Bae Based on This Super Sweet Insta Post!," 18 Oct. 2017 Go barefoot, though, and your foot is flat on the floor. K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "Is Barefoot Training Ever a Good Idea?," 4 Oct. 2017 In the weeks following the surprise proposal, Inaba revealed the duo planned to have a seaside wedding so that their guests could walk barefoot on the sand. Dave Quinn,, "Dancing with the Stars Judge Carrie Ann Inaba: Her Love Ups and Downs," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of barefoot

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Barefoot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of barefoot

: without shoes : with the feet bare
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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