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 Having an app on your phone such as iSolunar will tell you when the moon is over-head, underfoot, etc. Kristtine Fischer, Outdoor Life, "How to Catch Big Fish from a Kayak," 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, "How Eventbrite employees are connecting—and becoming more productive—during the coronavirus," 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, "New Normal Amid Coronavirus: Working From Home While Schooling the Kids," 17 Mar. 2020 The image suggested the deceased had the power to tread enemies underfoot. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 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, "US troops sheltered in Saddam-era bunkers during Iran missile attack," 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, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 People who get their jollies by crushing helpless animals underfoot would be a perfect place to begin. Ted Diadiun, cleveland, "Why do we need a law to keep people from torturing animals?," 6 Dec. 2019 The planet creaks underfoot, a gigantic cog, hurling you forward through Cartesian space at 950 miles an hour. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Following a river of questions in eastern India," 16 Oct. 2019

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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 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underfoot

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


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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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