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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afoot(p)adjective

    traveling by foot

    "she was afoot when I saw her this morning"

  2. afoot(p), underwayadverb

    currently in progress

    "there is mischief afoot"; "plans are afoot"; "preparations for the trial are underway"

  3. afootadverb

    on foot; walking

    "they went to the village afoot"; "quail are hunted either afoot or on horseback"


  1. afootadverb

    On foot.

  2. afootadverb

    In motion; in action; astir; in progress.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Afootadverb

    Etymology: from a and foot.

    He thought it best to return, for that day, to a village not far off; and dispatching his horse in some sort, the next day early, to come afoot thither. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I pr’ythee, when thou seest that act afoot,
    Ev’n with the very comment of thy soul
    Observe mine uncle.

    Of Albany’s and Cornwall’s pow’rs you heard not ——
    ’Tis said they are afoot. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.


  1. Afoot

    Afoot is the debut six-song EP by the American indie rock band Let's Active, first released in 1983 by I.R.S. Records.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afootadverb

    on foot

  2. Afootadverb

    fig.: In motion; in action; astir; in progress

  3. Etymology: [Pref. a- + foot.]


  1. Afoot

    Afoot is the debut six-song EP by the American indie rock band Let's Active, first released in 1983.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afoot

    a-foot′, adv. on foot: astir.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afoot in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afoot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of afoot in a Sentence

  1. Mike Gottlieb:

    All of the sudden, in walks this elder statesmen type guy surrounded by about 10 armed guards, that's when I knew something was afoot.

  2. Anthony Kennedy:

    There is nothing to stop the same couple or a similarly situated couple to trigger the same process, in fact, I would imagine that plans are afoot as we speak to trigger the same process with the same baker.

  3. Matthew Whitaker:

    It's sort of a quasi-movement that's afoot, and what we can attribute this to is the fact these things seem to happen so regularly now that the frustrations folks are feeling are leading them to plan almost in advance.

  4. John Delury:

    Now we're back on again, the game's afoot, sometimes these talks break down before they even start over what level to send, so this sounds like a very pragmatic and straightforward approach.

  5. Lee Trink:

    The game is afoot, mixer made a decision. Somebody said,' Let's go in, let's make real moves, let's pay people to change the game.'.

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    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    • A. purse
    • B. investigating
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