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[foo t-sawr, -sohr] /ˈfʊtˌsɔr, -ˌsoʊr/
having sore or tender feet, as from much walking.
Origin of footsore
1710-20; foot + sore
Related forms
footsoreness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for footsore
Historical Examples
  • Nobody fell ill or footsore, or turned out unexpectedly bad-tempered.

    Four Ghost Stories Mrs. Molesworth
  • It was a man, and he walked as though he were footsore and tired.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Very tired, heated and footsore looked the hundreds of poor fellows as they dragged themselves along through the heat.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • We were footsore, hungry, and we talked about women and love.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • I've not walked very far, and yet am so footsore I don't know how to stand.

    The Power of Darkness Leo Tolstoy
  • Some were so footsore that they could hardly put one foot before the other.

  • Troops of men, women and children, tired and footsore, are met wending their way to the shrines.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
  • We panted as we pelted on, parched and weary, faint and footsore.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Nine days later I arrived in Arequipa, sick, footsore and weary.

  • The multitude who came to hear Him were tired, footsore, and hungry.

British Dictionary definitions for footsore


having sore or tired feet, esp from much walking
Derived Forms
footsoreness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for footsore

also foot-sore, 1719, from foot (n.) + sore (adj.).

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