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Afoot

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Afo'ot. adv. [from a and foot.]

  1. On foot; not on horseback.

    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. Shakespeare's Hamlet.

  2. In action; as, a design is afoot.

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

  3. In motion.

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

Sources: Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Afoot." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 8, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=21266.


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