un·​der·​foot | \ ˌən-dər-ˈfu̇t \

Definition of underfoot

1 : under the foot especially against the ground trampled the flowers underfoot
2 : below, at, or before one's feet warm sand underfoot
3 : in the way children always getting underfoot

Examples of underfoot in a Sentence

The ground was slippery underfoot. We walked with dried leaves crunching underfoot.

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Yet that’s what an e-bike is—bravery underfoot, delivered as needed. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How electric bikes can make cities safer," 30 Nov. 2018 But in the great American pro soccer experiment, there’s a lingering issue underfoot: fake grass. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Major League Soccer Final Showcases Real Growth, Fake Grass," 7 Dec. 2018 The silvered shingles of the roofs were made from Brazilian wood, the terraces underfoot hewn from coral stone. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 This makes them soft underfoot, but also more challenging to clean. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "Buying New Carpeting? Check Your Vacuum First," 10 Apr. 2014 To keep me from getting underfoot as a toddler, my momma used to sit me down in a wild strawberry patch behind our house. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Pulitzer-Prize Winner Learned Storytelling in the Deep South," 3 July 2018 Something to do with the whooshing of the waves, the calm blueness of the water, the yielding of sand underfoot, even the smell of the ocean mist. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "My happiest memories are one with the sea," 28 June 2018 Yet the hand-tufted, looped pile makes for a soft, plush feeling underfoot. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "How to bring indoor style to your outdoor entertaining," 26 June 2018 Though boisterous young children underfoot may irritate adults dining out, one woman in China is being denounced across the Internet for maliciously tripping a 4-year-old boy with a heart condition at a restaurant, giving him a concussion. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Pregnant woman maliciously trips child in restaurant, causes concussion, goes viral," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of underfoot

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of underfoot

: below your feet
: near your feet so as to make movement difficult


un·​der·​foot | \ ˌən-dər-ˈfu̇t \

Kids Definition of underfoot

1 : under the feet … the slippery stones slid away underfoot.— Jane Yolen, The Devil's Arithmetic
2 : close about a person's feet : in the way My puppy is always underfoot.

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