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[foo t-hil] /ˈfʊtˌhɪl/
a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.
Origin of foothill
1840-50, Americanism; foot + hill Unabridged
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Examples from the web for foothills
  • The nearby foothills are latticed with biking trails.
  • The whole little mountain lake was surrounded by foothills, and our campsite was right alongside.
  • Moist, open or shaded slopes from foothills to moderate elevations.
  • Rocky, open, or wooded sites from foothills well into mountains.
  • Mixed habitats: forest edges, mountains, and foothills.
  • They show me magnified before-and-after images in which ranges of wrinkles have been reduced to foothills.
  • Storm clouds boil up in the pink evening sky, and fog advances over the foothills.
  • The foothills of these mountains are covered in sagebrush and junipers and are inhabited by rattlesnakes at lower elevations.
  • Securing horses and a guide, he rode into the foothills.
  • We went up to the royal arch and and poked around in the foothills quite a bit.
British Dictionary definitions for foothills


(often pl) a lower slope of a mountain or a relatively low hill at the foot of a mountain
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Word Origin and History for foothills

see foothill.



"a hill that leads up to a mountain," 1850, American English, from foot (n.) + hill.

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