lacking a foot or feet.
having no support or basis; unsubstantial: footless dreams of glory.
awkward, helpless, or inefficient.

1350–1400; Middle English; see foot, -less Unabridged
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foot (fʊt)
n , pl feet
1.  the part of the vertebrate leg below the ankle joint that is in contact with the ground during standing and walkingRelated: pedal
2.  the part of a garment that covers a foot
3.  any of various organs of locomotion or attachment in invertebrates, including molluscs
4.  botany the lower part of some plant structures, as of a developing moss sporophyte embedded in the parental tissue
5.  a.  ft a unit of length equal to one third of a yard or 12 inches. 1 Imperial foot is equivalent to 0.3048 metre
 b.  any of various units of length used at different times and places, typically about 10 per cent greater than the Imperial foot
6.  any part resembling a foot in form or function: the foot of a chair
7.  the lower part of something; base; bottom: the foot of the page; the foot of a hill
8.  the end of a series or group: the foot of the list
9.  manner of walking or moving; tread; step: a heavy foot
10.  a.  infantry, esp in the British army
 b.  (as modifier): a foot soldier
11.  any of various attachments on a sewing machine that hold the fabric in position, such as a presser foot for ordinary sewing and a zipper foot
12.  music
 a.  a unit used in classifying organ pipes according to their pitch, in terms of the length of an equivalent column of air
 b.  this unit applied to stops and registers on other instruments
13.  printing
 a.  the margin at the bottom of a page
 b.  the undersurface of a piece of type
14.  prosody a group of two or more syllables in which one syllable has the major stress, forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
15.  a foot in the door an action, appointment, etc, that provides an initial step towards a desired goal, esp one that is not easily attainable
16.  (Scot), (Irish) kick with the wrong foot to be of the opposite religion to that which is regarded as acceptable or to that of the person who is speaking
17.  my foot! an expression of disbelief, often of the speaker's own preceding statement: he didn't know, my foot! Of course he did!
18.  archaic of foot in manner of movement: fleet of foot
19.  on foot
 a.  walking or running
 b.  in progress; astir; afoot
20.  informal one foot in the grave near to death
21.  informal on the right foot in an auspicious manner
22.  informal on the wrong foot in an inauspicious manner
23.  put a foot wrong to make a mistake
24.  put one's best foot forward
 a.  to try to do one's best
 b.  to hurry
25.  informal put one's foot down
 a.  to act firmly
 b.  to increase speed (in a motor vehicle) by pressing down on the accelerator
26.  informal put one's foot in it to blunder
27.  set on foot to initiate or start (something)
28.  tread under foot to oppress
29.  under foot on the ground; beneath one's feet
30.  to dance to music (esp in the phrase foot it)
31.  (tr) to walk over or set foot on; traverse (esp in the phrase foot it)
32.  (tr) to pay the entire cost of (esp in the phrase foot the bill)
33.  archaic, dialect or (usually foll by up) to add up
Related: pedal
[Old English fōt; related to Old Norse fōtr, Gothic fōtus, Old High German fuoz, Latin pēs, Greek pous, Sanskrit pad]
usage  In front of another noun, the plural for the unit of length is foot: a 20-foot putt; his 70-foot ketch. Foot can also be used instead of feet when mentioning a quantity and in front of words like tall: four foot of snow; he is at least six foot tall

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from foot + -less.
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Example sentences
The arms and legs simply ended in nothing, handless and footless.
Most of the world's robots are faceless, footless and mute.
When he retires for the night it is a headless and footless pair of pajamas that gets in between the sheets.
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