[shoo r-foo t-id, shur-]


not likely to stumble, slip, or fall.
proceeding surely; unerring: his surefooted pursuit of success.

Origin of surefooted

First recorded in 1625–35; sure + foot + -ed3
Related formssure·foot·ed·ly, adverbsure·foot·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sure-footed

Contemporary Examples of sure-footed

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (a more realistic possibility if he maintains his sure-footed leadership in Albany)?

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    Obama for Prez in 2016!

    Michael Medved

    June 24, 2011

  • In dealing with this issue, Romney has not exactly shown himself to be a sure-footed candidate.

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    Why Obama's Still Untouchable in 2012

    Jack W. Germond

    June 9, 2011

  • Now he seems to be reversing again—on this issue, he has not at all been sure-footed.

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    Thanks for Playing Nice

    Rep. Peter King

    April 28, 2009

Historical Examples of sure-footed

British Dictionary definitions for sure-footed



unlikely to fall, slip, or stumble
not likely to err or fail, as in judgment
Derived Formssure-footedly, adverbsure-footedness, noun
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