[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 surefooted

Contemporary Examples of surefooted

  • Yet the problems, for Idol fans, are alarming, occurring as they do in places where the show had been so surefooted in the past.

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    The American Idol Implosion

    Richard Rushfield

    April 12, 2011

Historical Examples of surefooted

  • 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.