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[bair-foo t] /ˈbɛərˌfʊt/
adjective, adverb
Also, barefooted. with the feet bare:
a barefoot boy; to walk barefoot.
Carpentry. (of a post or stud) secured to a sill or the like without mortising.
Origin of barefoot
before 1000; Middle English barfot, Old English bærfōt. See bare1, foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She was in rags, barefoot, like the poorest nomad of them all.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • They like to walk about barefoot and have money in their stocking.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • "I wish she wouldn't go about barefoot," he added, with a tinge of jealousy.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • He was barefoot, but he wore a clean shirt of unbleached cotton, open at the neck.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • She was working in the garden when we got there, barefoot and ragged.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for barefoot


adjective, adverb
with the feet uncovered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barefoot

Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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