foothill

[foo t-hil]
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noun

a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.

Nearby words

  1. footer,
  2. footfall,
  3. footfault,
  4. footframe,
  5. footgear,
  6. foothills,
  7. foothold,
  8. footie,
  9. footing,
  10. footing piece

Origin of foothill

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; foot + hill

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British Dictionary definitions for foothill

foothill

noun

(often plural) a lower slope of a mountain or a relatively low hill at the foot of a mountain
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Word Origin and History for foothill

foothill

n.

"a hill that leads up to a mountain," 1850, American English, from foot (n.) + hill.

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