Barefoot



Also, barefooted. with the feet bare:
a barefoot boy; to walk barefoot.
Carpentry. (of a post or stud) secured to a sill or the like without mortising.
Contemporary Examples

When we met, she was barefoot and dressed in ripped Levis and a T-shirt.
How Research into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Turned into an Ugly Fight Casey Schwartz July 22, 2012

And, at Hanover Square, there were no speeches, no barefoot sprint à la Michelle Obama.
The Queen’s Fashion Secrets Kate Betts July 5, 2010

barefoot, he walks on burning coals, and learns that “in firewalking as in life, your mind has to be in a certain place.”
This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 14, 2013 Jimmy So, G. Clay Whittaker January 13, 2013

No one beats the barefoot Contessa in the kitchen thanks to her attainable and amazing recipes.
Trisha Yearwood’s Favorite Food Trisha Yearwood November 28, 2010

Congresswoman Jackie Speier tells Abigail Pesta why Republicans think women should be ‘barefoot and pregnant.’
The War on Women’s Pay: Rep. Speier Marks ‘Equal Pay Day’ With a Call to Arms Abigail Pesta April 16, 2012

Historical Examples

He had flown by way of Bordeaux, and first landed in America, bare-headed and barefoot, and with a single halfpenny in his pocket.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Robert Louis Stevenson

She was in rags, barefoot, like the poorest nomad of them all.
A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens

Came the barefoot slatting of a Malay, pad-pad-padding aft, and the sound of a soft-voiced: Captain Briggs, sar?
Cursed George Allan England

They like to walk about barefoot and have money in their stocking.
Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

Look at the wagons, each drawn by four oxen,—driven either by the owner or one of his barefoot boys.
The Seat of Empire Charles Carleton Coffin

adjective, adverb
with the feet uncovered
adj.

Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.).

To go barefoot was a sign of great distress (Isa. 20:2, 3, 4), or of some great calamity having fallen on a person (2 Sam. 15:30).

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