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[big-foo t]Slang.
noun, plural big·feet, big·foots.
  1. a prominent or influential person, especially a journalist or news analyst.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to assert one's authority or influence (over): lobbyists bigfooting around the Senate; a reporter bigfooted by a senior correspondent.
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Origin of bigfoot

1975–80, Americanism; after Big Foot
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Examples from the Web for big-footed

Historical Examples

  • Their scientific nickname is Megapoddidae, the "big-footed."

    The Adventures of a Grain of Dust

    Hallam Hawksworth

  • Without doubt the clumsy, big-footed, over-grown giant of a boy is overside and dead.

  • Several rabbits jumped up ahead of us, snow-white, big-footed and black-eyed.

    With the Indians in the Rockies

    James Willard Schultz

  • At the same time she experienced a recovery, and became again the clumsy, big-footed country wench of yore.

    The Ingoldsby Country

    Charles G. (Charles George) Harper

  • Some appeared to have two servants, one big-footed maid for herself and one bound-footed as a nurse for the children.

Word Origin and History for big-footed



supposed elusive man-like creature of the Pacific Northwest, 1963, from big (adj.) + foot (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper