feet of clay

noun phrase

Definition of feet of clay

: a character flaw that is usually not readily apparent

First Known Use of feet of clay

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feet of clay

from the feet of the idol in Daniel 2:33

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about feet of clay

Time Traveler for feet of clay

Time Traveler

The first known use of feet of clay was in 1814

See more words from the same year

Statistics for feet of clay

Cite this Entry

“Feet of clay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feet%20of%20clay. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on feet of clay

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for feet of clay

Comments on feet of clay

What made you want to look up feet of clay? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!