- 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.
Origin of underfoot
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Related Wordsbelow, down, under, underneath, annoying, bothersome, disturbing, irritating, tiresome, aggravating, impeding
Examples from the Web for underfoot
Well, have you ever seen a shipmaster walking his own deck as if he did not know what he had underfoot?Chance
There was disorder, wavering, from underfoot groans and cries.The Long Roll
He even moved a chair which might get underfoot in a rough-and-tumble.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
I answered, as I hove on the wheel and kicked rats from underfoot. 'The Grain Ship
Instead she did her best to get underfoot, usually in some provocative position.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
- 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
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