foot


foot
{{11}}foot (n.) O.E. fot, from P.Gmc. *fot (Cf. O.S. fot, O.N. fotr, Du. voet, O.H.G. fuoz, Ger. Fuß, Goth. fotus "foot"), from PIE *ped- (Cf. Avestan pad-; Skt. pat, acc. padam "foot;" Gk. pos, Attic pous, gen. podos; L. pes, gen. pedis "foot;" Lith. padas "sole," peda "footstep"). Plural form feet is an instance of ↑http://www.etymonline.com/imutate.php i-mutation. Of a bed, grave, etc., first recorded c.1300.
The linear measurement of 12 inches was in O.E., from the length of a man's foot. Colloquial exclamation my foot! expressing "contemptuous contradiction" [OED] is first attested 1923, probably a euphemism for my ass, in the same sense, which dates back to 1796. The metrical foot (O.E., translating L. pes, Gk. pous in the same sense) is commonly taken as a reference to keeping time by tapping the foot. To get off on the right foot is from 1905; to put one's best foot foremost first recorded 1849 (Shakespeare has the better foot before, 1596). To put one's foot in (one's) mouth "say something stupid" is attested by 1942; the expression put (one's) foot in something "make a mess of it" is from 1823.
{{12}}foot (v.) c.1400, "dance, move on foot," from FOOT (Cf. foot) (n.). To foot a bill is attested from 1848, from the process of tallying the expenses and writing the figure at the bottom ("foot") of the bill.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
, (in brutes), (a stocking, boot, etc.), / , , , (figures), / , , , , (a bill of expenses) / ,


Look at other dictionaries:

  • foot — foot …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Foot — (f[oo^]t), n.; pl. {Feet} (f[=e]t). [OE. fot, foot, pl. fet, feet. AS. f[=o]t, pl. f[=e]t; akin to D. voet, OHG. fuoz, G. fuss, Icel. f[=o]tr, Sw. fot, Dan. fod, Goth. f[=o]tus, L. pes, Gr. poy s, Skr. p[=a]d, Icel. fet step, pace measure of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foot — /foot/, n., pl. feet for 1 4, 8 11, 16, 19, 21; foots for 20; v. n. 1. (in vertebrates) the terminal part of the leg, below the ankle joint, on which the body stands and moves. 2. (in invertebrates) any part similar in position or function. 3.… …   Universalium

  • foot — [foot] n. pl. feet [ME fot < OE, akin to Ger fuss < IE * pōd , var. of base * pēd , foot, to go > Sans pad , Gr pous, L pes] 1. the end part of the leg, on which a person or animal stands or moves 2. a thing like a foot in some way;… …   English World dictionary

  • foot — ► NOUN (pl. feet) 1) the lower extremity of the leg below the ankle, on which a person walks. 2) the base or bottom of something vertical. 3) the end of a bed where the occupant s feet normally rest. 4) a unit of linear measure equal to 12 inches …   English terms dictionary

  • Foot+ — Logo de la chaîne Création 30 juillet 2005 Propriétaire Canal+ Distribution Slogan « Vibrez Football ! » Langue …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Foot — Foot, v. t. 1. To kick with the foot; to spurn. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To set on foot; to establish; to land. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] What confederacy have you with the traitors Late footed in the kingdom? Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To tread; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foot — bezeichnet die Längenheit Fuß, siehe Fuß (Einheit) Foot ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Geoffrey Foot (1915–2010), britischer Cutter Hugh Foot (Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Baron Caradon; 1907–1990), britischer Kolonialbeamter und Diplomat… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Foot — 〈[ fụt] m.; , Feet [ fi:t]〉 engl. Längenmaß, 30,5 cm, Fuß * * * Foot [fʊt ], der; , Feet [fi:t] [engl. foot, eigtl. = Fuß]: Längeneinheit in Großbritannien u. in den USA (= 12 Inches = 0,3048 m; Zeichen: ; Abk.: ft). * * * I Foot …   Universal-Lexikon

  • foot — The normal plural form feet alternates with foot when used as a unit of measurement: She is six feet / foot tall / a plank ten feet / foot long. When such a phrase is used attributively (before a noun), a hyphen is normally placed between the… …   Modern English usage

  • foot — [n1] extremity of an animate being hoof, pad, paw; concept 392 foot [n2] base of an object bottom, foundation, lowest point, nadir, pier; concept 442 Ant. lid, top foot [n3] twelve inches/30.48 …   New thesaurus


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.