hotfoot

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

Definition of hotfoot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: in haste

hotfoot

verb
hotfooted; hotfooting; hotfoots

Definition of hotfoot (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to go hotfoot : hurry usually used with it

hotfoot

noun
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

Examples of hotfoot in a Sentence

Adverb 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, chicagotribune.com, 17 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our long-term BMW M340i hotfoots to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and blasts through the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds. Annie White, Car and Driver, 3 Apr. 2020 Thankfully there’s Warren Carlyle’s blissful choreography, especially the hotfoot, slip-sliding tap numbers. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2018 Thankfully there’s Warren Carlyle’s blissful choreography, especially the hotfoot, slip-sliding tap numbers. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hotfoot

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1896, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Hotfoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hotfoot. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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hotfoot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hotfoot

: to go quickly

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