[lahyt-foo t-id]


stepping lightly or nimbly; light of foot; nimble.

Origin of light-footed

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
Related formslight-foot·ed·ly, adverblight-foot·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for light-footed

Historical Examples of light-footed

  • "I used to be light-footed, in my youth," said Philemen to the traveller.

    The Miraculous Pitcher

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Kilmeny strode after the Cornishmen with the light-footed step of a night nurse.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Peter raced down in the evening with the light-footed little goats.


    Johanna Spyri

  • The light-footed Caribs were swiftly gliding to their tasks at the waterside.

  • Hal took his leave, returning, light-footed, to bachelor quarters.

British Dictionary definitions for light-footed



having a light or nimble tread
Derived Formslight-footedly, adverblight-footedness, noun
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