un·​der·​foot | \ ˌən-dər-ˈfu̇t How to pronounce underfoot (audio) \

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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The letters of the alphabet march around the edges of the ceiling, and math facts are printed on the rubber mats underfoot. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "You never forget your favorite teacher," 21 Aug. 2019 The cabinet contents may still shatter during the Big One, but at least breakage will be contained and not underfoot. 3. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "The 9 earthquake hazards lurking in your home," 13 July 2019 The soft sandstone of the staircases crumbles underfoot, so that the very act of climbing them is at least in part a guilty pleasure — though no longer very dangerous. New York Times, "2 Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain.," 18 June 2019 Inside, the floor of the cave is lined with tiny chunks of pink Himalayan sea salt that crunches underfoot, while the walls are lined with large slabs of the same. Sarah Watts, NBC News, "Does salt therapy actually work? I tried it to help ease my summer allergies," 23 July 2019 The furniture fabric and carpet underfoot grew threadbare. David W. Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA reopens Apollo Mission Control room that once landed men on moon," 29 June 2019 This steaming and smelly landscape hints at the geothermal power just underfoot. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites," 25 June 2019 Esther Allen: Readers may now take note that the names of La Malinche, Santa Theresa de Avila, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Gabriela Mistral, and Frida Kahlo are there, down underfoot. The New York Review of Books, "Esther Allen," 15 June 2019 Herringbone parquet floors underfoot give off a comforting creak. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "Exclusive: Step Inside YSL’s New Parisian Headquarters," 15 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce underfoot (audio) \

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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