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[bair-foo t] /ˈbɛərˌfʊt/
adjective, adverb
Also, barefooted. with the feet bare:
a barefoot boy; to walk barefoot.
Carpentry. (of a post or stud) secured to a sill or the like without mortising.
Origin of barefoot
before 1000; Middle English barfot, Old English bærfōt. See bare1, foot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had flown by way of Bordeaux, and first landed in America, bare-headed and barefoot, and with a single halfpenny in his pocket.

  • She was in rags, barefoot, like the poorest nomad of them all.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Came the barefoot slatting of a Malay, pad-pad-padding aft, and the sound of a soft-voiced: Captain Briggs, sar?

    Cursed George Allan England
  • They like to walk about barefoot and have money in their stocking.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Look at the wagons, each drawn by four oxen,—driven either by the owner or one of his barefoot boys.

    The Seat of Empire Charles Carleton Coffin
British Dictionary definitions for barefoot


adjective, adverb
with the feet uncovered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barefoot

Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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barefoot in the Bible

To go barefoot was a sign of great distress (Isa. 20:2, 3, 4), or of some great calamity having fallen on a person (2 Sam. 15:30).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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