[ uhn-der-foo t ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈfʊt /


under the foot or feet; on the ground; underneath or below: The climb was difficult because there were so many rocks underfoot.
so as to form an obstruction, as in walking; in the way: the ends of her sash falling constantly underfoot.


lying under the foot or feet; in a position to be trodden upon.

Nearby words

  1. underfelt,
  2. underfinanced,
  3. underfired,
  4. underfloor,
  5. underflow,
  6. underframe,
  7. underfunded,
  8. underfur,
  9. undergarment,
  10. undergird

Origin of underfoot

1150–1200; Middle English underfot (adv.). See under-, foot

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British Dictionary definitions for underfoot


/ (ˌʌndəˈfʊt) /


underneath the feet; on the ground
in a position of subjugation or subservience
in the way
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Word Origin and History for underfoot



c.1200, underfot "under the feet," from under + foot. Cf. Middle Dutch ondervoete. As an adj., attested from 1590s; in reference to persons, "continually in the way," it is recorded from 1891.

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