- The definition of flat-footed is someone or an animal with flat feet or is being unable to react quickly.
- 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.
flat-footed definition by Webster's New World
- 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
flat-footed definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- 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.
- flatˈ-footˈed·ly adverb
- flatˈ-footˈed·ness noun
flat-footed - Phrases/Idioms
see caught flat-footed.
catch someone flat-footedâ Informal
- to catch someone who is unprepared; take by surprise
- to catch someone who is in the act of committing some offense