club·​foot ˈkləb-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce clubfoot (audio)
: a congenitally misshapen foot twisted out of position
also : this deformity
clubfooted adjective

Example Sentences

clubfoot and other major birth defects
Recent Examples on the Web Scottish Rite for Children, based in Dallas, treats orthopedic conditions such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand differences, hip disorders, sports injuries and fractures, as well as arthritic, neurological and learning disorders such as dyslexia. Dallas News, 9 Nov. 2022 Hippolyte was perfectly happy, nimbly trotting about on his clubfoot, and had no need of Bovary’s ministrations. Will Self, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 Jack, who has autism and has been treated since birth for bilateral complex clubfoot (the soles of his feet touched each other), saw some buses at his school that were propane-powered. The Week Staff, The Week, 18 July 2022 In addition to microcephaly and brain damage, babies born with congenital Zika syndrome may also have damage to the back of the eye, joints with limited motion (like clubfoot), and too much muscle tone restricting body movement. Korin Miller,, 21 Aug. 2019 The reason given for relinquishment was that Zune had been born with a clubfoot and his birth parents could not afford medical treatment. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019 The virus causes underdevelopment of the head and brain, known as microcephaly, and a hodgepodge of other symptoms, like eye damage and clubfoot, which are loosely categorized as Congenital Zika Syndrome. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, 6 July 2017 The defects included the entire range of abnormalities associated with Zika, from microcephaly, characterized by abnormally small heads and often underdeveloped brains, to vision problems and joints with limited range of motion, such as clubfoot. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 2 Mar. 2017 Inbreeding may have afflicted him with a congenital clubfoot and even prevented him from producing an heir with his wife, who was probably his half sister. National Geographic, 23 Mar. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clubfoot was in 1538

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“Clubfoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


club·​foot ˈkləb-ˈfu̇t How to pronounce clubfoot (audio)
: a misshapen foot twisted out of position from birth
also : this deformed condition
clubfooted adjective

Medical Definition


club·​foot ˈkləb-ˈfu̇t How to pronounce clubfoot (audio)
plural clubfeet -ˈfēt How to pronounce clubfoot (audio)
: any of numerous congenital deformities of the foot in which it is twisted out of position or shape

called also talipes

compare talipes equinovarus, talipes equinus, talipes valgus, talipes varus
: a foot affected with clubfoot
clubfooted adjective

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