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[lahyt-foo t-id] /ˈlaɪtˈfʊt ɪd/
stepping lightly or nimbly; light of foot; nimble.
Origin of light-footed
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425
Related forms
light-footedly, adverb
light-footedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • "I used to be light-footed, in my youth," said Philemen to the traveller.

    The Miraculous Pitcher Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Kilmeny strode after the Cornishmen with the light-footed step of a night nurse.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Peter raced down in the evening with the light-footed little goats.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • The light-footed Caribs were swiftly gliding to their tasks at the waterside.

  • Hal took his leave, returning, light-footed, to bachelor quarters.

  • Yet light-footed armies have passed into Italy by this route.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • She was off, light-footed as Daphne, the rhythm of morning in her step.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • On we dashed, over all impediments—our light-footed infantry not far behind.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • Gone was the light-hearted and light-footed dancer of the Paris pavement.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill
  • light-footed as a girl she ran forward to greet her father, Colonel Hancock.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
British Dictionary definitions for light-footed


having a light or nimble tread
Derived Forms
light-footedly, adverb
light-footedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for light-footed



Homosexual; effeminate (1955+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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