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From a- +‎ foot.


  • IPA(key): /əˈfʊt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʊt


afoot (not comparable)

  1. On foot. (means of locomotion, walking)
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 77:
      "The dogs were no sooner let loose, than the hare was afoot.
  2. On foot. (support of the body, standing)
  3. In motion; in action; astir; stirring; in progress.
    • c. 1599-1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III scene ii[1]:
      Hamlet: [] I prithee, when thou seest that act afoot, / Even with the very comment of thy soul / Observe mine uncle: []
    • 1913, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt[2]:
      Possibly some chemical experiment was afoot; possibly----Well, it was no business of mine to speculate upon why he wanted it.
    • 1982, Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything:
      'Patience,' said Slartibartfast again. 'Great things are afoot.'
      'That's what you said last time we met,' said Arthur.
      'They were,' said Slartibartfast.
      'Yes, that's true,' admitted Arthur.


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afoot (not comparable)

  1. (predicative) That is on foot, in motion, in action, in progress.
    • 2011, Maile Chapman, Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto: A Novel
      Sunny moves through these final days quickly, easily, buoyed by routine even though change is afoot in all directions.
    • 2019 October, James Abbott, “Esk Valley revival”, in Modern Railways, page 76:
      Now there are plans afoot to introduce a couple of extra trains to the timetable in December, with the long-term goal of a doubling of the service to eight trains a day.