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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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Examples from the Web for barefooted
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  • The same tools made addresses from the courts and even engaged every barefooted fellow to sign addresses from the counties.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • The door opened and the nurse carried in the baby, barefooted.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • The next job was to make moccassins for ourselves and for the oxen, for it was plain they could not go on another day barefooted.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
  • The Dakotan came in barefooted with two large bundles of copy.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Both were barefooted; Maria wore a simple white dress, and Ramon a linen shirt and trousers.

    Our Little Cuban Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Turning to a wild elf of a barefooted child in the crowd he spoke to her.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • She was barefooted; and, unless I strangely mistook, her face was as ghastly as the one Perry had been speaking of that night.

  • While we sat there barefooted and worked we discussed the pending big battle.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Yes, and barefooted, wild-eyed and untaught, but suffering—and such suffering!

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • A man may be bald-headed, and it's genteel; but to be barefooted, it's ruination.

British Dictionary definitions for barefooted


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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barefooted 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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