Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. With nothing on the feet: walking barefoot in the grass; a barefoot boy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wearing nothing on the feet.
  • adj. not using snow chains.
  • adv. Wearing nothing on the feet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • With the feet bare; without shoes or stockings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the feet bare; without shoes and stockings.
  • With the feet bare.
  • In carpentry, set up on end without having its foot held in a tenon or socket, as, in balloon-framing, a post which is held merely by nailing it into place.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. without shoes
  • adv. without shoes on

Etymologies

bare +‎ foot (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Seeing these well-dressed people, all wearing city shoes (going barefoot is forbidden) how can we remember the killers with the lunatic gaze, drunk with beer, with pot and with hate, adorned with amulets, brandishing shotguns and long machettes and were hounding, like you hound animals, their Tutsi neighbors that were forced to hide in the double ceilings, in the ditches and in the hedgerows?

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  • They do remain barefoot in the winter which is a plus and prevents ice forming “high heels” which may lead to lameness.

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  • And yes, some poor group will get trapped in snowfall when crossing the pass, and cannibalism may or may not be involved by the time they stumble barefoot from the mountains next spring.

    Boing Boing

  • Towards two o'clock in the afternoon the Pope and the palatine clergy moved in procession barefoot from the Lateran to the stational basilica, where the Adoration of the Cross took place, followed by the reading of the Passion according to St John, and the Great Litany for the various ecclesiastical orders and for the necessities of the Church.

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  • A lot of people are chasing returns in barefoot banking.

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  • Claiming that going barefoot is better because our ancestors did it is as valid as saying that wearing shoes is better because we've been doing it since prehistory.

    - Boing Boing

  • But the king came to a better frame of mind, he called the jarls away, and returning humbly to his palace, took off his royal robes, and came again barefoot and in sackcloth to the church door, where Bishop William met him, took him by the hand, gave him the kiss of peace, and led him to the penitents 'place.

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  • I, too, was up at the crack o’ Dawn (and can tell you she really should wax more often) o’er the past “festive” season, dragging my sorry ass through miles and miles of slimey sludge in barefoot with nothing more than a whif of self-righteousness and a square of Jatz cracker to keep me going.

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  • Old-timers recall barefoot children scampering into the woods to hide when the first cars rattled into their villages in the 1950s.

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  • It's yet another example of a male blogger asserting his male privilege and trying to keep a strong female voice 'in her place' namely barefoot and pregnant, or at least allude to pregnancy and maternity, and barefootedness.

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