flatfooted

[ flat-foo t-id ]
/ ˈflætˈfʊt ɪd /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. flatbread,
  2. flatcar,
  3. flatette,
  4. flatfish,
  5. flatfoot,
  6. flathead,
  7. flathead catfish,
  8. flatheaded apple tree borer,
  9. flatheaded borer,
  10. flatiron

Idioms

    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 formsflat·foot·ed·ly, adverbflat·foot·ed·ness, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flatfooted

  • So my dignity was shocked when I had to come down from my self-promoted position to a flatfooted infantryman again.

    The Southern Soldier Boy|James Carson Elliott
  • She looked up, puzzled, first at the comely, flatfooted Indian woman and afterward at the handsome little brown-faced papoose.

    The Yukon Trail|William MacLeod Raine
  • "Winn, I won't do it," said Brayton, with flatfooted decision.

    A Trooper Galahad|Charles King
  • At each encore the Utes stamped their flatfooted way round the room in a kind of impromptu and mirthful dance.

    The Fighting Edge|William MacLeod Raine