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afoot

[uh-foo t]
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adverb, adjective
  1. on foot; walking: I came afoot.
  2. astir; in progress: There is mischief afoot.
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Origin of afoot

First recorded in 1175–1225, afoot is from the Middle English word a fote, on fote. See a-1, foot
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Examples from the Web for afoot

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  • Vast crowds lined the route, afoot and in every kind of vehicle.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Once afoot, it was not long before the company began to disperse.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • When a man is afoot at cock-crow much may be done in the day.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The man by his nod seemed to show he understood what was afoot.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • The Lambs were going to be enraged when they learned what was afoot.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington


British Dictionary definitions for afoot

afoot

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. in circulation or operation; astirmischief was afoot
  2. on or by foot
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Word Origin and History for afoot

adj.

c.1200, afote, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + foot (n.). Figurative sense of "in active operation" is from 1601 ("Julius Caesar").

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