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[spley-foo t] /ˈspleɪˌfʊt/
noun, plural splayfeet.
a broad, flat foot, especially one turned outward.
Pathology. this condition as a deformity in which the arch is very low or absent and weight is borne on the entire sole; flatfoot.
adjective, Also, splayfooted
of, relating to, or afflicted with splayfoot.
clumsy or awkward.
Origin of splayfoot
First recorded in 1540-50; splay + foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for splay-foot
Historical Examples
  • I mind that you said it was a splay-foot, and here's the explanation.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Flat-foot or splay-foot is that deformity in which there is loss of the arch, and the foot tends to be pronated and abducted.

  • And here I thought all along it was because you was splay-foot farmers, and unfortunate, you know, that way like all nesters is.

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • Though still some traces of our rustic vein And splay-foot verse, remained, and will remain.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
British Dictionary definitions for splay-foot


noun (pl) -feet
(pathol) another word for flatfoot (sense 1)
a foot of which the toes are spread out, as in certain breeds of dog used in hunting waterfowl
Derived Forms
splayfooted, adjective
splayfootedly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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splay-foot in Medicine

splayfoot splay·foot (splā'fut')
See flatfoot.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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