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[flat-foo t or for 1, -foo t]
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noun, plural flat·feet for 1, flat·foots for 2, 3.
  1. Pathology.
    1. a condition in which the arch of the foot is flattened so that the entire sole rests upon the ground.
    2. Also flat foot.a foot with such an arch.
  2. Slang. a police officer; cop.
  3. Older Slang. a sailor.
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Origin of flatfoot

First recorded in 1865–70; flat1 + foot
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Historical Examples

  • Flatfoot is that condition in which the sole has little or no convexity.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • It is bad shoeing that makes so many people suffer from flatfoot.

    The Girls of Central High

    Gertrude W. Morrison

  • The majority of so-called cases of flatfoot are, however, in the stage amenable to psychic measures.

    Outwitting Our Nerves

    Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

  • Flatfoot generally has weak walls, and as a consequence the nails of the shoe are readily loosened and the shoe cast.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Impressions of the feet are made in order to detect weakness of the arch or flatfoot.

    The Making of a Trade School

    Mary Schenck Woolman

British Dictionary definitions for flatfoot


  1. Also called: splayfoot a condition in which the entire sole of the foot is able to touch the ground because of flattening of the instep arch
  2. plural -foots or -feet a slang word (usually derogatory) for a policeman
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flatfoot in Medicine


n. pl. flat•feet (-fēt′)
  1. A condition in which the arch of the foot is abnormally flattened down so that the entire sole makes contact with the ground.splayfoot talipes planus
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