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[flawr, flohr] /flɔr, floʊr/
that part of a room, hallway, or the like, that forms its lower enclosing surface and upon which one walks.
a continuous, supporting surface extending horizontally throughout a building, having a number of rooms, apartments, or the like, and constituting one level or stage in the structure; story.
a level, supporting surface in any structure:
the elevator floor.
one of two or more layers of material composing a floor:
rough floor; finish floor.
a platform or prepared level area for a particular use:
a threshing floor.
the bottom of any more or less hollow place:
the floor of a tunnel.
a more or less flat extent of surface:
the floor of the ocean.
the part of a legislative chamber, meeting room, etc., where the members sit, and from which they speak.
the right of one member to speak from such a place in preference to other members:
The senator from Alaska has the floor.
the area of a floor, as in a factory or retail store, where items are actually made or sold, as opposed to offices, supply areas, etc.:
There are only two salesclerks on the floor.
the main part of a stock or commodity exchange or the like, as distinguished from the galleries, platform, etc.
the bottom, base, or minimum charged, demanded, or paid:
The government avoided establishing a price or wage floor.
Mining. an underlying stratum, as of ore, usually flat.
  1. the bottom of a hull.
  2. any of a number of deep, transverse framing members at the bottom of a steel or iron hull, generally interrupted by and joined to any vertical keel or keelsons.
  3. the lowermost member of a frame in a wooden vessel.
verb (used with object)
to cover or furnish with a floor.
to bring down to the floor or ground; knock down:
He floored his opponent with one blow.
to overwhelm; defeat.
to confound or puzzle; nonplus:
I was floored by the problem.
Also, floorboard. to push (a foot-operated accelerator pedal) all the way down to the floor of a vehicle, for maximum speed or power.
mop / wipe the floor with, Informal. to overwhelm completely; defeat:
He expected to mop the floor with his opponents.
take the floor, to arise to address a meeting.
Origin of floor
before 900; Middle English flor, Old English flōr; cognate with Old Norse flōr, Middle Low German vlōr, Middle High German vluor (German Flur)
Related forms
floorless, adjective
underfloor, noun
unfloor, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for floored
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  • I turned and floored a feller that was too pressing, and hollered it was all right too.

  • It was a bare place, a shed which had been a stable and was now floored and ceiled.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • As well as I could see by the light of the candle, it was floored, and panelled with black oak.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • He floored me at Brasenose: but I bear the old cock no malice.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • I thought that would have floored even Talleyrand; but not at all.

British Dictionary definitions for floored


Also called flooring. the inner lower surface of a room
a storey of a building: the second floor
a flat bottom surface in or on any structure: the floor of a lift, a dance floor
the bottom surface of a tunnel, cave, river, sea, etc
(mining) an underlying stratum
(nautical) the bottom, or the lowermost framing members at the bottom, of a vessel
that part of a legislative hall in which debate and other business is conducted
the right to speak in a legislative or deliberative body (esp in the phrases get, have, or be given the floor)
the room in a stock exchange where trading takes place
the earth; ground
a minimum price charged or paid: a wage floor
take the floor, to begin dancing on a dance floor
to cover with or construct a floor
(transitive) to knock to the floor or ground
(transitive) (informal) to disconcert, confound, or defeat: to be floored by a problem
Word Origin
Old English flōr; related to Old Norse flōrr, Middle Low German vlōr floor, Latin plānus level, Greek planan to cause to wander
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Word Origin and History for floored



early 15c., "to furnish with a floor," from floor (n.). Sense of "puzzle, confound" is 1830, from notion of "knock down to the floor" (1640s). Related: Floored; flooring.



Old English flor "floor, pavement, ground, bottom (of a lake, etc.)," from Proto-Germanic *floruz "floor" (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch vloer, Old Norse flor "floor," Middle High German vluor, German Flur "field, meadow"), from PIE *plaros "flat surface" (cf. Welsh llawr "ground"), enlarged from *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).

Meaning "level of a house" is from 1580s. The figurative sense in legislative assemblies (as opposed to the platform) is first recorded 1774. Spanish suelo "floor" is from Latin solum "bottom, ground, soil;" German Boden is cognate with English bottom. Floor plan attested from 1867.

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Slang definitions & phrases for floored



  1. To knock down; deck (1812+)
  2. To shock, surprise, or hurt to the point of helplessness: I was floored when some of our players accepted their offer (1830+)
  3. (also floorboard or floor it) To drive at full speed; push the throttle pedal to the floorboard; put the pedal to the metal: She floored the Porsche on the freeway and got caught/ You better floor it and get out of here (1950s+)

Related Terms

clean up on someone,in on the ground floor, mop the floor with someone, put someone on the floor

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