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.
Recent Examples on the Web The virus threw their tenuous patchwork into disarray, with his wife working from home with toddler twins underfoot. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, 22 Dec. 2021 The ground was slick with rainwater, reflections stretching like phantoms underfoot. Julius Constantine Motal, NBC news, 15 June 2020 Having an app on your phone such as iSolunar will tell you when the moon is over-head, underfoot, etc. Kristtine Fischer, Outdoor Life, 6 May 2020 Also a hit: WFH, a channel for parents working at home with small kids underfoot, like David Hanrahan, Eventbrite's chief of human resources. Anne Fisher, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2020 As more schools around the country close, parents already struggling to master remote working are adjusting to a new challenge: working from home with kids underfoot. Lauren Weber And Te-ping Chen, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2020 The image suggested the deceased had the power to tread enemies underfoot. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 Jan. 2020 Near the airfield, shards of metal crack underfoot as two military personnel take measurements of the gaping crater left behind by one of the missiles. Tamara Qiblawi, Arwa Damon And Brice Laine, CNN, 13 Jan. 2020 One mummy was a plump Roman youth with a sweet tooth, another was a two-year-old depicted as trampling enemies underfoot. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of underfoot

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Underfoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underfoot. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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