sure-foot·​ed ˈshu̇r-ˈfu̇-təd How to pronounce sure-footed (audio)
: not liable to stumble, fall, or err
sure-footedly adverb
sure-footedness noun

Examples of sure-footed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Land Rover Series II was widened for more interior space and sure-footed traction over rough terrain, and a variety of body styles were introduced, including short-wheelbase, long-wheelbase, pickup truck, and forward-control versions. Bob Sorokanich, Robb Report, 18 June 2024 The company chose the animal because it’s known for its sure-footed agility and sharp vision. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb. 2024 But able adults and sure-footed children regularly make their way through. Blake Snow, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 The numeric keypad is great for spreadsheets or coding, while the full row of function/multimedia keys makes the Q6 Pro sure-footed with both Macs and PCs. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Cataract Falls, Fairfax For the more sure-footed (of both dog and human variety), this hike on the north slope of Mount Tamalpais is strenuous but worth it. Lisa Bloch, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 In her roles, and in her own life, Winslet has moved, sure-footed, from the role of ingénue to the role of the fierce protector. Susan Dominus, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Cha and Pacheco Pardo offer a sure-footed guide to the two countries’ divergent paths and their fraught fraternal relationship. Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 But when Harrison Butker got the call later in the quarter, the Chiefs’ sure-footed kicker delivered a 52-yard field goal that tied his own record for longest in a Chiefs playoff game. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 28 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sure-footed was in 1633

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“Sure-footed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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: not likely to stumble or fall
sure-footedly adverb
sure-footedness noun

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