barefoot

Definitions

  • A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
    A barefoot boy wearing ragged clothes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj barefoot without shoes "the barefoot boy","shoeless Joe Jackson"
    • adv barefoot without shoes on "he chased her barefoot across the meadow"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Barefooted men should not tread upon thorns Barefooted men should not tread upon thorns
Barefoot children in the cold Barefoot children in the cold

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & adv Barefoot With the feet bare; without shoes or stockings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • barefoot Having the feet bare; without shoes and stockings.
    • barefoot With the feet bare.
    • barefoot In carpentry, set up on end without having its foot held in a tenon or socket, as, in balloon-framing, a post which is held merely by nailing it into place.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Barefoot having the feet bare, often of some monastic orders
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Quotations

  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “He that waits for a dead man's shoes may long go barefoot.”
  • John Updike
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    “Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bær; Ger. baar, bar; Ice. berr.

Usage

In literature:

We lived in pajamas, barefooted, unshaven and unwashed.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
There are dames at Court would come barefoot to Virginia for so dazzling a bloom.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
I wish you were barefooted!
"Jimmy, Lucy, and All" by Sophie May
Did you ever go barefooted in the summer time?
"Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble" by Howard R. Garis
Both of them wore heavy gold bangles on their arms, but both were barefoot.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
Can you imagine me up to my knees in mud, barefooted and muddy, with a long pole, driving oxen.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
Barefooted and bareheaded, much as she had come, she went.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XXVI., December, 1880." by Various
When he began to walk he would walk barefoot.
"Tales from Many Sources" by Various
The children were barefooted.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
He was barefooted too, and limped a good deal.
"The Romance of the Coast" by James Runciman
He was barefooted, and suddenly he felt a sharp pain on one toe.
"Six Little Bunkers at Cousin Tom's" by Laura Lee Hope
Father had no coat on when he went away, and he was barefooted, too.
"The Boy Trapper" by Harry Castlemon
She did all she could to make the poor, ragged, barefooted boy happy.
"The Beginner's American History" by D. H. Montgomery
Thirty minutes later a barefooted youth came down to the river carrying an olla for water.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
He knew that half of them were practically barefooted and in rags.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Living in the woods like a Turk among his barefooted forest concubines!
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
I went barefooted in ice and snow.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I'll teach you how to sail a schooner and how to go about barefoot and swab decks.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
He went barefoot all summer long, and was much given to chewing sassafras.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
I was much better off walking barefoot.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
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In poetry:

Pretty Phoebe Lane and I,
In the soft May weather,
Barefoot down the furrows went
Dropping corn together.
"Dropping Corn" by Maurice Thompson
FORGET 'at iver I ran barefoot
An' danced round a brushwood fire,
An' oot of our vardo window watched
Stars dim a poplar spire!
"Gypsy Bride" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Why dream of lands of gold and pearl,
Of loving knight and lady,
When farmer boy and barefoot girl
Were wandering there already?
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The shores we trod as barefoot boys,
The nutted woods we wandered through,
To friendship, love, and social joys
We consecrate anew.
"Kenoza Lake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Homeward the weary merchants pass,
With the gold bedimmed by care.
Little they wise that the barefoot lass
Is the only millionaire.
"A Song Of Riches" by Katharine Lee Bates
Gift, a gift for a barefoot lass,
O twilight hour of dreams!
Rest, bare feet, by my lake of glass,
Where the mirrored sunset gleams.
"A Song Of Riches" by Katharine Lee Bates

In news:

The scrawny, barefoot kid, four and a half feet tall, launches into "Burnin' to Play," off his band's first, home-recorded album, Heene Boyz Rock.
Andre De Villiers and Brendan Paige are two of the most progressive barefooters in the world, and you won't believe some of the things they're doing on the water these days.
LOS ANGELES — A barefoot, shirtless man who climbed down from an overpass on to a freeway sign and appeared ready to jump onto the 110 Freeway below brought traffic to a halt for about two hours in downtown Los Angeles.
A barefoot, shirtless man who climbed down from an overpass on to a freeway sign and appeared ready to jump onto the 110 Freeway below brought traffic to a halt for about two hours in downtown Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES—A barefoot, shirtless man who climbed down from an overpass on to a freeway sign and appeared ready to jump onto the 110 Freeway below brought traffic to a halt for about two hours in downtown Los Angeles.
There are several other things he hates more - walking barefoot over hot coals and Monday afternoon news conferences, just to name a few.
The door creaked open and a rush of cold air washed over me as I stepped barefoot onto the brick.
The Barefoot Contessa says pruning and planting can make you stronger, wiser and better fed.
Kim Palaferri/Auburn JournalLibby Machado walks to get her high school diploma in style, barefoot, at the Placer High School Graduation Ceremony.
But He Again Is Barefoot.
Declarations that defied the gossip columns, barefoot dancing that brought to mind a tribal princess.
Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online.
On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man.
Lover of green tea, lip gloss, being barefoot and thriving.
Jeffrey Hillman , the barefoot 'homeless' man from viral NYPD photo, has apartment says city agency.
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In science:

The sub jects were asked to stand barefooted after both feet had been sterilized with 75% ethyl alcohol, and their footprints of half weight were captured with a 3D laser scanner.
Natural gaits of the non-pathological flat foot and high-arched foot
The experiment started from the sub ject’s standing position (barefooted).
Natural gaits of the non-pathological flat foot and high-arched foot
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