Definition of underfoot in English:

underfoot

adverb

  • 1Under one's feet; on the ground.

    ‘it was very muddy underfoot’
    figurative ‘genuine rights were being trodden underfoot’
    • ‘It sounded like the ground was pursing it's lips as diggers shuffled their boots on the broken ground underfoot.’
    • ‘The ground underfoot was still hopelessly boggy, and as I jumped the half metre distance from the van to the floor, little specks of mud flew everywhere.’
    • ‘The slippery and wet ground underfoot also dampened any prospect of a free-flowing game.’
    • ‘Rain seriously affected matters in the tea interval, and we had to bowl on a wet pitch, which soon became very muddy and slippery underfoot, making bowling extremely difficult.’
    • ‘The first thing Ben noticed was that the ground underfoot seemed less dusty; he was walking on bare rock.’
    • ‘Well, that started with the idea that this place, everything from the solid ground underfoot to the stale flavor of blowing dust, was not actually real.’
    • ‘The grass was dying as well; the sickly yellowish leaves crumbled as they were trodden underfoot.’
    • ‘It's usually really cold, the ground underfoot gets muddy and the badly controlled crowd management means that it takes ages to leave.’
    • ‘Trail shoes also have a lower heel, allowing you to stay closer to the ground and giving you more ‘feel’ for the varied ground underfoot.’
    • ‘The ground stirred underfoot, enough to shake the group of four, but not enough for them to lose their equilibrium.’
    • ‘The ground underfoot is often unstable, and some of the currents are extremely strong.’
    • ‘My bare feet were tickled by the cool, dewy grass underfoot.’
    • ‘The ground underfoot was soggy, with mud pushing between Sekher's toes.’
    • ‘The advocates of summer rugby will have loved it as the firm ground underfoot encouraged the two teams to play some terrific expansive rugby.’
    • ‘With the ground underfoot very wet, players were slipping all over the park and passing moves were continually let down by poor handling.’
    • ‘Moving carefully, checking the ground underfoot and the supports overhead as he went, he moved towards it.’
    • ‘An overnight frost made the ground underfoot extremely slippery and made for a perilous descent.’
    • ‘The young man watched the empty doorway for a moment then sagged against the table, not noticing as the photos fluttered to the ground to be trampled underfoot.’
    • ‘Giles felt it before he saw anything: a pounding on the ground underfoot.’
    • ‘The ground was cold underfoot but we were laughing as we fetched rocks from the river, re-erected the tent and weighed down its rim with the rocks.’
    1. 1.1 Constantly present and in one's way.
      ‘the last thing my mother wanted was a child underfoot’
      • ‘He stuck one step behind me and was constantly underfoot as I turned to pick something up or put it down.’
      • ‘In fact, he was constantly underfoot on the court.’

adjective

  • attributive Relating to the state of the ground, especially in a horse race.

    ‘the underfoot conditions were good’
    • ‘Fortunately, despite the recent bad weather, the underfoot conditions were reasonably good and it proved an entertaining match until heavy rain marred the final 20 minutes.’
    • ‘On a bright dry day with fast underfoot conditions, the Year 4 fun-run attracted a field of more than 100 runners, who were awarded certificates as the crossed the line.’
    • ‘Firm underfoot conditions greeted the teams, neither of whom were at full strength.’
    • ‘With improving underfoot conditions better suited to our style of play, and hopes of a full-strength team, there will be no better time for a home encounter with the league's second placed team.’
    • ‘In difficult underfoot conditions, both sides played some excellent football, and while the visitors led for most of the hour, the result was in the balance until the final whistle.’
    • ‘The snow on the tops made for treacherous underfoot conditions and the race organisers decided to turn the runners before they reached the 2,100 ft summit because of hidden rocks.’
    • ‘The race of six miles with 900 feet of climbing took place in very cold weather with wet underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘Complimented by the excellent underfoot conditions, athletes enjoyed a series of most competitive races.’
    • ‘Conditions dictated that the game would never be a classic, with a gale blowing across the pitch and heavy underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘Higher up the ridge underfoot conditions improve where the ground becomes stony.’
    • ‘Some guidebooks describe this ridge as relentless, and it is, but underfoot conditions are good and it's just a question of plodding upwards with ever widening views all around you as consolation.’
    • ‘‘His turn of foot has been nullified by the pace of the race and the underfoot conditions,’ the trainer said.’
    • ‘All of his wins have been gained on pretty testing ground and underfoot conditions are likely to livelier tomorrow.’
    • ‘By the end my legs were really sore and I was in desperate need of a rest, because the underfoot conditions were really tiring.’
    • ‘Competition was keen as the youngsters negotiated the testing courses that easily cut up following heavy overnight rain and made for slippy underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘The wintry conditions did not deter a sizeable crowd from enjoying an interesting tussle between two good footballing sides who made light of the difficult underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘Tomorrow's underfoot conditions are ideal for her to score again in this six furlongs dash.’
    • ‘On a day when the underfoot conditions tested the courage of horses all over the country, one performance at Sandown shone out for the sheer bravery of the horse concerned.’
    • ‘At 4.30 pm, when the referee squelched across the sodden turf, the odds seemed to be on the match being postponed because of the underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘Despite the difficult underfoot conditions, this game produced a good standard of hurling with the intensity of the exchanges providing a high level of entertainment for the big crowd.’

Pronunciation

underfoot

/ʌndəˈfʊt/