underfoot

adverb un·der·foot \ ˌən-dər-ˈfu̇t \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

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

  1. The ground was slippery underfoot.

  2. We walked with dried leaves crunching underfoot.

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First Known Use of underfoot

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERFOOT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of underfoot for English Language Learners

  • : below your feet

  • : near your feet so as to make movement difficult


UNDERFOOT Defined for Kids

underfoot

adverb un·der·foot \ ˌən-dər-ˈfu̇t \

Definition of underfoot for Students

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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