[bair-foo t]

adjective, adverb

Also bare·foot·ed. with the feet bare: a barefoot boy; to walk barefoot.
Carpentry. (of a post or stud) secured to a sill or the like without mortising.

Origin of barefoot

before 1000; Middle English barfot, Old English bærfōt. See bare1, foot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for barefoot

barefooted, discalceate, discalced, shoeless

Examples from the Web for barefoot

Contemporary Examples of barefoot

Historical Examples of barefoot

  • She was in rags, barefoot, like the poorest nomad of them all.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • They like to walk about barefoot and have money in their stocking.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • "I wish she wouldn't go about barefoot," he added, with a tinge of jealousy.

  • He was barefoot, but he wore a clean shirt of unbleached cotton, open at the neck.

    O Pioneers!

    Willa Cather

  • She was working in the garden when we got there, barefoot and ragged.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

British Dictionary definitions for barefoot



adjective, adverb

with the feet uncovered
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

Word Origin and History for barefoot

Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper