[ foo t-ing ]
/ ˈfʊt ɪŋ /


Nearby words

  1. footgear,
  2. foothill,
  3. foothills,
  4. foothold,
  5. footie,
  6. footing piece,
  7. footle,
  8. footless,
  9. footlet,
  10. footlight

Origin of footing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at foot, -ing1


[ foo t ]
/ fʊt /

noun, plural feet for 1–4, 8–11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20.

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Origin of foot

before 900; Middle English; Old English fōt; cognate with German Fuss; akin to Latin pēs (stem ped-), Greek poús (stem pod-) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for footing

British Dictionary definitions for footing


/ (ˈfʊtɪŋ) /


the basis or foundation on which something is establishedthe business was on a secure footing
the relationship or status existing between two persons, groups, etcthe two countries were on a friendly footing
a secure grip by or for the feet
the lower part of a foundation of a column, wall, building, etc
mainly US
  1. the act of adding a column of figures
  2. the total obtained
rare a fee paid upon entrance into a craft, society, etc, or such an entrance itself


/ (fʊt) /


Michael (Mackintosh). 1913–2010, British Labour politician and journalist; secretary of state for employment (1974–76); leader of the House of Commons (1976–79); leader of the Labour Party (1980–83)


/ (fʊt) /

noun plural feet (fiːt)


See also feet, foots

Derived Formsfootless, adjective

Word Origin for foot

Old English fōt; related to Old Norse fōtr, Gothic fōtus, Old High German fuoz, Latin pēs, Greek pous, Sanskrit pad


In front of another noun, the plural for the unit of length is foot: a 20-foot putt; his 70-foot ketch. Foot can also be used instead of feet when mentioning a quantity and in front of words like tall: four foot of snow; he is at least six foot tall

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Word Origin and History for footing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for footing


[ fut ]

n. pl. feet (fēt)

The lower extremity of the vertebrate leg that is in direct contact with the ground in standing or walking.
A unit of length in the US Customary and British Imperial systems equal to 12 inches (30.48 centimeters).

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Science definitions for footing


[ fut ]

Plural feet (fēt)

A unit of length in the US Customary System equal to 13 of a yard or 12 inches (30.48 centimeters). See Table at measurement.
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Idioms and Phrases with footing


In addition to the idioms beginning with foot

  • foot in both camps, have a
  • foot in one's mouth, put one's
  • foot in the door, get one's
  • foot the bill

also see:

  • bound hand and foot
  • caught flat-footed
  • get off on the wrong foot
  • not touch with a ten-foot pole
  • one foot in the grave
  • on foot
  • on the right foot
  • play footsie
  • put one's best foot forward
  • put one's foot down
  • put one's foot in it
  • set foot
  • shoe is on the other foot
  • shoot oneself in the foot
  • wait on hand and foot

Also see underfeet.

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