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[uhn-der-foo t] /ˌʌn dərˈfʊt/
under the foot or feet; on the ground; underneath or below:
The climb was difficult because there were so many rocks underfoot.
so as to form an obstruction, as in walking; in the way:
the ends of her sash falling constantly underfoot.
lying under the foot or feet; in a position to be trodden upon.
Origin of underfoot
1150-1200; Middle English underfot (adv.). See under-, foot Unabridged
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  • Autumn leaves crinkle underfoot and the smell of apple cider fills the air, along with the shouts of overexcited preschoolers.
  • Tuck ground covers between pavers to create a living carpet underfoot.
  • Two fireplaces were lit and an elegant dachshund padded about underfoot.
  • They are about furious motion, confusion, and being caught underfoot in a stampede.
  • Some of the groups had a dog underfoot throughout, while the others had none.
  • It is up to us to catch it before it falls and is trampled underfoot.
  • Skate skis are lighter and have a single camber underfoot so that the ski is easier to flatten and edge with.
  • Autumn is a time of warm days, leaves crackling underfoot, cold nights and blazing fireplaces.
  • Deer wander the open range and prairie dogs threaten then scurry underfoot.
  • The forest floor, composed of layer on layer of organic material, is a wet sponge underfoot.
British Dictionary definitions for underfoot


underneath the feet; on the ground
in a position of subjugation or subservience
in the way
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Word Origin and History for underfoot

c.1200, underfot "under the feet," from under + foot. Cf. Middle Dutch ondervoete. As an adj., attested from 1590s; in reference to persons, "continually in the way," it is recorded from 1891.

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