[foo t-sawr, -sohr]

Origin of footsore

First recorded in 1710–20; foot + sore
Related formsfoot·sore·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for footsore

Historical Examples of footsore

  • Now, the singer was beginning to be footsore and leg-weary, as is plain by his trail.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It was a man, and he walked as though he were footsore and tired.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • We were footsore, hungry, and we talked about women and love.

  • Some were so footsore that they could hardly put one foot before the other.

  • We panted as we pelted on, parched and weary, faint and footsore.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for footsore


  1. having sore or tired feet, esp from much walking
Derived Formsfootsoreness, noun
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Word Origin and History for footsore

also foot-sore, 1719, from foot (n.) + sore (adj.).

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