Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[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. 2017.
Cite This Source
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
splay-foot in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for splayfoot

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for splay

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for splay-foot