- An example of flat-footed is someone with fallen arches.
- An example of flat-footed is not being able to react quickly to a negative newspaper article which was a surprise to a political candidate.
The definition of flat-footed is someone or an animal with flat feet or is being unable to react quickly.
- having flatfoot
- designating a manner of walking, with the toes pointed outward, as by people with flatfoot
- Informal downright and firm; plain and uncompromising
- awkward or clumsy
- tedious, plodding, etc.
Informal firmly, directly, or abruptly
catch someone flat-footed
Informal to catch someone who is unprepared; take by surprise
- Of or afflicted with flatfoot.
- a. Steady on the feet.b. Informal Without reservation; forthright: a flat-footed refusal.
- Unable to react quickly; unprepared: The new product caught their competitors flat-footed.
(comparative more flatfooted, superlative most flatfooted)
- having feet which are flat
- Bears are flat-footed animals.
- (of humans) having the specific physical condition of flat feet
- (idiomatic) unprepared to act
- They caught us flat-footed.
- Holding firmly and maintaining a decision; to standing on one's ground.
- 1892 Frank Millet: "I write in this way to urge you to be explicit and flat-footed in your wishes." Quoted in: 2003 Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, ISBN 0609608444, page 177.