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[shoo r-foo t-id, shur-]
  1. not likely to stumble, slip, or fall.
  2. proceeding surely; unerring: his surefooted pursuit of success.
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Origin of surefooted

First recorded in 1625–35; sure + foot + -ed3
Related formssure·foot·ed·ly, adverbsure·foot·ed·ness, noun
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  • He was the slowest of them all, but he was surefooted and steady and very wise.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • But to any surefooted traveller that would not constitute a real danger.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • She was a daughter of the hills, as surefooted as a mountain goat.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Shirley was surefooted and agile; she could spring like a deer when she chose.


    Charlotte Bront

  • Although the night was dark, the roadbed was firm and Midnight surefooted.