foot·​work | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwərk How to pronounce footwork (audio) \

Definition of footwork

1 : the activity of moving from place to place the investigation entailed a lot of footwork
2 : the management of the feet (as in boxing) also : the work done with them
3 : active and adroit maneuvering to achieve an end fancy political footwork

Examples of footwork in a Sentence

The investigation required a lot of footwork. He used quick footwork to dodge his opponent. The tango involves some fancy footwork. He knows that getting enough votes for the proposal is going to require some fancy political footwork.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

But video replay will not be used to scrutinize goalkeeper footwork and take away penalty kick saves. Sean Gregory, Time, "What Is VAR? Soccer's Video Review Is Making a Mess of the Women's World Cup," 24 June 2019 While other first-graders were filling in coloring books, Chandler competed in 7-on-7 tournaments and rehearsed footwork drills with dad in the backyard. Ross Dellenger,, "Chandler Morris's Unconventional Recruitment Ends in Joining Dad at Arkansas," 14 June 2019 The seventh rendition of the camp, which began Monday and finished Friday, focused on footwork, dribbling, rebounding, passing and more and featured girls in grades five through eight. Charles Rich,, "Learning skills at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Junior Basketball Camp," 14 June 2019 The campers went through warm up drills, speed drills and footwork drills as light rain came down. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Future football hopefuls learn fundamentals at Humble camp," 6 June 2019 According to a source familiar with IMG’s evaluations, Montgomery was praised for his footwork, soft hands and his size and speed. Evan Dudley,, "How UAB’s connection to Spanish Fort helps recruiting," 19 June 2019 The rookie receiver, a sixth-round pick out of CU, evades defensive backs with kick-flip footwork and sails through the sky to grab deep passes from quarterback Joe Flacco. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "“He was going to rise.” Juwann Winfree’s personal evolution leads to Broncos opportunity.," 17 June 2019 Participate in an upbeat dance class that begins with a warm up to strengthen, stretch and improve flexibility and then moves into footwork, rhythm and isolations. Alan Goch,, "Palm Beach central and north county events for June 19-25," 14 June 2019 In a recent story projecting Durant’s place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Warriors coaches argued that Durant’s game would age well because of his consistent post-up presence, footwork and underlisted 6-foot-9, 240-pound frame. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Kevin Durant: ‘I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK’ following Achilles surgery," 12 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'footwork.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of footwork

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about footwork

Dictionary Entries near footwork






foo yong


Statistics for footwork

Last Updated

7 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for footwork

The first known use of footwork was in 1859

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for footwork



English Language Learners Definition of footwork

: the activity of moving or walking from place to place
: movement of the feet in a sport, dance, etc.
: active and skillful movement or activity to achieve a goal


foot·​work | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwərk How to pronounce footwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of footwork

: the skill with which the feet are moved a dancer's fancy footwork

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on footwork

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with footwork

Spanish Central: Translation of footwork

Nglish: Translation of footwork for Spanish Speakers

Comments on footwork

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


characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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