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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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 Set Up a DIY Gourmet S'more Station As the sun goes down and temperatures drop, gather your company around an outdoor fireplace or fire pit livened up with a colorful outdoor rug underfoot and plush floor pillows for extra seating. ELLE Decor, "Now *This* Is How You Throw a Grown-Up Pool Party," 6 July 2018 If having softness underfoot is important to you, Cooke suggests looking for all-wool or other natural fibers for carpeting or rugs. Jamie Gold, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Clearing the indoor air," 28 June 2018 The breeze blowing off the water from a strong wind sent shivers through the curtains and up our spines, and the floorboards were pure ice underfoot. Vogue, "3 Writers On Living Sustainably In 2018," 21 June 2018 Watching these prehistoric beasts crush cars underfoot like Coke cans has been a summertime thrill since Steven Spielberg's first installment in 1993. Anchorage Daily News, "Review: The ‘Jurassic World’ sequel achieves the impossible: It makes dinosaurs boring," 20 June 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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