flatfooted

[flat-foo t-id]
adjective
  1. having flatfeet.
  2. taking or showing an uncompromising stand in a matter; firm and explicit: a flatfooted denial.
  3. clumsy or plodding; maladroit: flatfooted writing.
Idioms
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for flatfooted

Historical Examples of flatfooted

  • "Winn, I won't do it," said Brayton, with flatfooted decision.

    A Trooper Galahad

    Charles King

  • 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

  • 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