un·​der·​foot ˌən-dər-ˈfu̇t How to pronounce underfoot (audio)
: under the foot especially against the ground
trampled the flowers underfoot
: below, at, or before one's feet
warm sand underfoot
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of underfoot was in the 13th century

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“Underfoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underfoot. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​der·​foot -ˈfu̇t How to pronounce underfoot (audio)
: under the feet
flowers trampled underfoot
: close about one's feet : in the way
a puppy always underfoot

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