fore·​foot | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce forefoot (audio) \

Definition of forefoot

1a : one of the anterior feet especially of a quadruped
b : the front part of the human foot also : the front part of a shoe
2 : the forward part of a ship where the stem and keel meet

Examples of forefoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a snug-fitting upper, outstanding traction, and low stack height (24 millimeters in the forefoot, 30 millimeters in the heel), the Alpine brings a minimalist approach to burly trails. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 13 Jan. 2022 Deep heel cradles align the feet and ankles, while reinforcement gel surrounding the forefoot absorbs shock with every step. Chloe Irving,, 15 Oct. 2021 Tangipahoa Parish, near the forefoot of Louisiana’s boot, is a zoning-free municipality, so development projects get underway with few obstacles. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Sep. 2021 The last offers a wider forefoot to let the foot splay out across the pedal. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Women’s feet, says Saysh head of product Tiffany Beers, a former Nike product engineer, are typically narrower at the heel and wider at the forefoot than men’s feet, relative to the rest of the foot. Sean Gregory, Time, 23 June 2021 More prominently, the shoe features a forefoot strap, and the Nike logo is less dominant in the design. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021 The Saysh One design includes a narrower heel than a typical running shoe, and a wider forefoot for a relaxed fit. Sean Gregory, Time, 23 June 2021 The design features the iconic Yeezy forefoot strap and signature 'Y' medallion lacelocks in bright pink. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of forefoot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Forefoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of forefoot

: either one of the front feet of a four-footed animal


fore·​foot | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce forefoot (audio) \
plural forefeet\ -​ˌfēt \

Kids Definition of forefoot

: one of the front feet of an animal with four feet


fore·​foot | \ -ˌfu̇t How to pronounce forefoot (audio) \

Medical Definition of forefoot

1 : one of the anterior feet especially of a quadruped
2 : the front part of the human foot

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