[flawr, flohr]


verb (used with object)


    mop/wipe the floor with, Informal. to overwhelm completely; defeat: He expected to mop the floor with his opponents.
    take the floor, to arise to address a meeting.

Origin of floor

before 900; Middle English flor, Old English flōr; cognate with Old Norse flōr, Middle Low German vlōr, Middle High German vluor (German Flur)
Related formsfloor·less, adjectiveun·der·floor, nounun·floor, verb (used with object)
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Contemporary Examples of floor

Historical Examples of floor

  • He began to pace the floor again from one room to the other.

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  • Percival had walked the floor in deep attention to the old man's words.

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  • She fell to the floor in helpless, shrieking laughter when he came.

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  • He swept up the blankets and went down the stairs to the first floor.

  • He led the way into the house and picked up one of the posters, which lay on the floor.

British Dictionary definitions for floor



Also called: flooring the inner lower surface of a room
a storey of a buildingthe second floor
a flat bottom surface in or on any structurethe floor of a lift; a dance floor
the bottom surface of a tunnel, cave, river, sea, etc
mining an underlying stratum
nautical the bottom, or the lowermost framing members at the bottom, of a vessel
that part of a legislative hall in which debate and other business is conducted
the right to speak in a legislative or deliberative body (esp in the phrases get, have, or be given the floor)
the room in a stock exchange where trading takes place
the earth; ground
a minimum price charged or paida wage floor
take the floor to begin dancing on a dance floor


to cover with or construct a floor
(tr) to knock to the floor or ground
(tr) informal to disconcert, confound, or defeatto be floored by a problem

Word Origin for floor

Old English flōr; related to Old Norse flōrr, Middle Low German vlōr floor, Latin plānus level, Greek planan to cause to wander
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Word Origin and History for floor

Old English flor "floor, pavement, ground, bottom (of a lake, etc.)," from Proto-Germanic *floruz "floor" (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch vloer, Old Norse flor "floor," Middle High German vluor, German Flur "field, meadow"), from PIE *plaros "flat surface" (cf. Welsh llawr "ground"), enlarged from *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).

Meaning "level of a house" is from 1580s. The figurative sense in legislative assemblies (as opposed to the platform) is first recorded 1774. Spanish suelo "floor" is from Latin solum "bottom, ground, soil;" German Boden is cognate with English bottom. Floor plan attested from 1867.


early 15c., "to furnish with a floor," from floor (n.). Sense of "puzzle, confound" is 1830, from notion of "knock down to the floor" (1640s). Related: Floored; flooring.

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Idioms and Phrases with floor


see ground floor; mop up the floor with; sink through the floor; take the floor; walk the floor.

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