hot·​foot | \ ˈhät-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce hotfoot (audio) \

Definition of hotfoot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: in haste


hotfooted; hotfooting; hotfoots

Definition of hotfoot (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to go hotfoot : hurry usually used with it


plural hotfoots

Definition of hotfoot (Entry 3 of 3)

: a practical joke in which a match is surreptitiously inserted between the upper and the sole of a victim's shoe and lighted

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hotfoot

Synonyms: Adverb

cursorily, hastily, headlong, hurriedly, pell-mell, precipitately, precipitously, rashly

Antonyms: Adverb

deliberately, studiedly

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Examples of hotfoot in a Sentence


lowered his plane hotfoot onto a pasture when the engine started to sputter

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As a demolitions expert, Daniel Craig hotfoots the story, delightfully, in the role of Joe Bang, adding the right degree of menace beneath the surface. Michael Phillips,, "'Logan Lucky': Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig cut a caper," 17 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thankfully there’s Warren Carlyle’s blissful choreography, especially the hotfoot, slip-sliding tap numbers. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Con Men in Tap Shoes Lay Down ‘The Sting’," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hotfoot


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1896, in the meaning defined above


1934, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hotfoot

informal : to go quickly

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