Definitions

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

  • adv. Below or under the foot or feet; against the ground: trampled the beans underfoot.
  • adv. At or under the foot or feet; on the ground: moist, cool, soft grass growing underfoot.
  • adv. Hindering progress; in the way: pets, toys, and children underfoot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Situated under one’s feet.
  • adv. Under one's feet.
  • adv. In the way; situated so as to obstruct or hinder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Below par.
  • prep. See under Foot, n.
  • adv. Under the feet; underneath; below. See Under foot, under foot, n.
  • adj. Low; base; abject; trodden down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Under the feet; underneath; beneath; below.
  • Low; base; abject; trodden down.
  • To underpin.

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

  • adv. under the feet
  • adv. in the way and hindering progress

Etymologies

Compound of under + foot. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And when earthquakes hit mining regions, remember that the ground underfoot is mostly hollow.

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  • The moisture removing feature of our air conditioners keep the air clear, but the unpleasant feeling underfoot is much more difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of.

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  • The ploughed fields are crimson; the mud underfoot is crimson; the little torrent hurrying down the ravine by the roadside is crimson; the very puddles are crimson also.

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  • He's a little less coordinated, too, and I've noted for the past few months that he's sometimes "underfoot" and also gives me flat tires in his desire to rush ahead or rush around when we're going for a walk.

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  • I think there were some articles at LAF about keeping house with children "underfoot" but i haven't had time to locate them.

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  • For example, for Thanksgiving dinner you can give them tasks, because they're kind of underfoot in the kitchen.

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  • But 'twill take root and flourish still, tho 'underfoot 'tis trod;

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  • The Bible also has a wealth of references to the importance of the "foot" as a symbol: of ownership over Canaan, the bond between the People of Israel and their land, the link between the People and God's promise to inherit the land, defeating the enemy 'underfoot', and the Temple imaged as a foot.

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  • They kicked heel-holds in the soft earth, rubbed their hands with the soil from underfoot, and laughed and joked with the crowd that surged about them.

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  • Slowly the gray light came stealing through the gloom, imperceptibly at first, so that it was almost with surprise that they noticed the vague loom of the trail underfoot.

    Chapter IV

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