Definition of underfoot in English:



  • 1Under one's feet; on the ground.

    ‘it was very muddy underfoot’
    figurative ‘genuine rights were being trodden underfoot’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Giles felt it before he saw anything: a pounding on the ground underfoot.’
    • ‘Moving carefully, checking the ground underfoot and the supports overhead as he went, he moved towards it.’
    • ‘My bare feet were tickled by the cool, dewy grass underfoot.’
    • ‘The slippery and wet ground underfoot also dampened any prospect of a free-flowing game.’
    • ‘The grass was dying as well; the sickly yellowish leaves crumbled as they were trodden underfoot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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 ground underfoot was soggy, with mud pushing between Sekher's toes.’
    • ‘The first thing Ben noticed was that the ground underfoot seemed less dusty; he was walking on bare rock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An overnight frost made the ground underfoot extremely slippery and made for a perilous descent.’
    • ‘It sounded like the ground was pursing it's lips as diggers shuffled their boots on the broken ground underfoot.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’


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

    ‘the underfoot conditions were good’
    • ‘By the end my legs were really sore and I was in desperate need of a rest, because the underfoot conditions were really tiring.’
    • ‘All of his wins have been gained on pretty testing ground and underfoot conditions are likely to livelier tomorrow.’
    • ‘Higher up the ridge underfoot conditions improve where the ground becomes stony.’
    • ‘‘His turn of foot has been nullified by the pace of the race and the underfoot conditions,’ the trainer said.’
    • ‘The race of six miles with 900 feet of climbing took place in very cold weather with wet 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firm underfoot conditions greeted the teams, neither of whom were at full strength.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conditions dictated that the game would never be a classic, with a gale blowing across the pitch and heavy underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘Complimented by the excellent underfoot conditions, athletes enjoyed a series of most competitive races.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Competition was keen as the youngsters negotiated the testing courses that easily cut up following heavy overnight rain and made for slippy underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘Tomorrow's underfoot conditions are ideal for her to score again in this six furlongs dash.’