[spley-foo t]

noun, plural splay·feet.

a broad, flat foot, especially one turned outward.
Pathology. this condition as a deformity in which the arch is very low or absent and weight is borne on the entire sole; flatfoot.

adjective Also splay·foot·ed.

of, relating to, or afflicted with splayfoot.
clumsy or awkward.

Origin of splayfoot

First recorded in 1540–50; splay + foot
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Examples from the Web for splay-foot

Historical Examples of splay-foot

  • I mind that you said it was a splay-foot, and here's the explanation.

    The Valley of Fear

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Flat-foot or splay-foot is that deformity in which there is loss of the arch, and the foot tends to be pronated and abducted.

  • And here I thought all along it was because you was splay-foot farmers, and unfortunate, you know, that way like all nesters is.

    Stepsons of Light

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • Though still some traces of our rustic vein And splay-foot verse, remained, and will remain.

    Essay on Man

    Alexander Pope

British Dictionary definitions for splay-foot


noun plural -feet

pathol another word for flatfoot (def. 1)
a foot of which the toes are spread out, as in certain breeds of dog used in hunting waterfowl
Derived Formssplayfooted, adjectivesplayfootedly, adverb
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splay-foot in Medicine




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