barefoot

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From Middle English barefote, barfot, from Old English bærfōt (barefoot), from Proto-Germanic *bazafōts (barefoot) equivalent to bare +‎ foot. Cognate with Scots barefit (barefoot), Old Frisian berfōt ("barefoot"; modern Saterland Frisian boarfouts (barefoot, adverb)), Dutch barrevoets (barefoot, adverb), German barfuß (barefoot), Danish barfodet (barefoot), Swedish barfota (barefoot, adverb), Icelandic berfættur (barefoot), Yiddish באָרוועס(borves, barefoot).

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barefoot (not comparable)

  1. Wearing nothing on the feet.
    After taking off their shoes, socks and sandals at the doorway, the kids were barefoot.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii]:
      CALIBAN:
      []
      His spirits [] like hedgehogs, which
      Lie tumbling in my barefoot way, and mount
      Their pricks at my footfall; sometimes am I
      All wound with adders, who with their cloven tongues
      Do hiss me into madness—
      []
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 60:
      It was firm enough to walk on, but Bradly took off his boots to preserve the leather from sea-water, and for the pleasure of barefoot walking on cool sand.
  2. (colloquial, of a vehicle on an icy road) Not using snow chains.
  3. (CB radio slang) Transmitting without the use of an amplifier.

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barefoot (not comparable)

  1. Wearing nothing on the feet.
    • 2007, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin, Star Trek: Enterprise: The Good That Men Do:
      Ignoring the familiar discomfort, he padded barefoot across the thick white carpet toward the heavy curtains that lined the richly appointed bedroom’s wide transparisteel window.
    She likes to go barefoot in the summertime.
  2. (CB radio slang) Transmitting without the use of an amplifier.

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