[ flat-foo t-id ]
/ ˈflætˈfʊt ɪd /


having flatfeet.
taking or showing an uncompromising stand in a matter; firm and explicit: a flatfooted denial.
clumsy or plodding; maladroit: flatfooted writing.


    catch one flatfooted, to catch one unprepared; surprise: The amount of the bill caught us flatfooted.

Origin of flatfooted

First recorded in 1595–1605; flatfoot + -ed3

Related forms

flat·foot·ed·ly, adverbflat·foot·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flat-footed


/ (ˌflætˈfʊtɪd) /


having flatfoot
British informal
  1. clumsy or awkward
  2. downright and uncompromising
informal off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)

Derived Forms

flat-footedly, adverbflat-footedness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with flat-footed


see caught flat-footed.

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