afoot

[ uh-foo t ]
/ əˈfʊt /

adverb, adjective

on foot; walking: I came afoot.
astir; in progress: There is mischief afoot.

Nearby words

  1. afn,
  2. afnor,
  3. afocal,
  4. afognak,
  5. afonso,
  6. afore,
  7. aforehand,
  8. aforementioned,
  9. aforesaid,
  10. aforethought

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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British Dictionary definitions for afoot

afoot

/ (əˈfʊt) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

in circulation or operation; astirmischief was afoot
on or by foot
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Word Origin and History for afoot

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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