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[shoo r-foo t-id, shur-] /ˈʃʊərˈfʊt ɪd, ˈʃɜr-/
not likely to stumble, slip, or fall.
proceeding surely; unerring:
his surefooted pursuit of success.
Origin of surefooted
1625-35; sure + foot + -ed3
Related forms
surefootedly, adverb
surefootedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Although the night was dark, the roadbed was firm and Midnight surefooted.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
  • He was the slowest of them all, but he was surefooted and steady and very wise.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • But to any surefooted traveller that would not constitute a real danger.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • No one who has been up and down them, behind one of the surefooted country-bred ponies, can fear any ordinary descent.

    Nooks and Corners of Cornwall C. A. Dawson Scott
  • The others kept pace with the racing vehicle as the surefooted team tore down the slope.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • None but strong, determined, inspired men could have followed the pace set by the lithe, surefooted Selim.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • In spite of his apparent clumsiness in some matters, he had even as a lad proved himself to be a bold and surefooted climber.

  • Even the surefooted ponies step a little gingerly over the loose beams that form the floor.

  • Shirley was surefooted and agile; she could spring like a deer when she chose.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront

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