Definition of flat-footed in English:

flat-footed

adjective

  • 1Having a condition in which the foot has an arch that is lower than usual.

    ‘a flat-footed, overweight colonel’
    • ‘I spent a lot of time watching my feet, making sure to throw off of my left foot rather than resorting to my old flat-footed infielder peg.’
    • ‘He diagnosed her as flat-footed and knock-kneed.’
    • ‘Murray is fine as long as his character isn't waxing poetic, and Laura Teasdale provides some very welcome comic relief as the flat-footed maid Cathleen.’
    • ‘As a child I was supremely flat-footed in the outdoors, which, combined with my fear of falling over, made me a third wheel on outings of all kinds.’
    • ‘Parents with flat-footed children sometimes say their children are clumsier than other kids.’
    • ‘It feels as if all the ligaments in my body are going to snap at any moment and my feet are so flat-footed it's like walking on glass.’
    • ‘In contrast, the A. afarensis bone resembled that of the flat-footed apes, making it improbable that its foot had an arch like our own.’
    • ‘But while the defender stood flat-footed, the striker followed the flight of the ball, attempted to take it under control and, in fluffing his first touch, shinned it into the net.’
    • ‘There is no trace left in the whole of London of the old, flat-footed waiters whose eyes were all over the place and who did their job so brilliantly that a pleasant symbiosis developed between them and the guests.’
    1. 1.1informal Clumsy, awkward, or uninspired.
      ‘a flat-footed prose style’
      • ‘And the uninspired direction from Shawn Levy feels particularly flat-footed.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the tone mandated by the flat-footed New Yorker style drains his story of any emotional connection to events unfolding in the narrative.’
      clumsy, awkward, blundering, bumbling, lumbering, shambling
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Phrases

  • catch someone flat-footed

    • informal Take someone by surprise.

      ‘the rise of regional conflicts has caught military planners flat-footed’

Pronunciation

flat-footed

/flatˈfʊtɪd/