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[foo t-hil] /ˈfʊtˌhɪl/
a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.
Origin of foothill
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; foot + hill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It seemed that a half-hour's easy walk should take them to the foothills.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Remind me of the people who live about the foothills of the Balkans.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The Western Ghauts with their foothills make it a beautiful place.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • Dimly on the horizon could be seen the first of the foothills.

  • In the northern part of Arkansas we come to the foothills of the Ozarks.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • I'll strike them among the foothills of the ranges within three days.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • The stars were peaks, the crosses were foothills, and the lines were creeks and valleys.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
British Dictionary definitions for foothills


(often pl) a lower slope of a mountain or a relatively low hill at the foot of a mountain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foothills

see foothill.



"a hill that leads up to a mountain," 1850, American English, from foot (n.) + hill.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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