Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms.
1. Of or afflicted with flatfoot.
a. Steady on the feet.
b. Informal Without reservation; forthright: a flat-footed refusal.
3. Unable to react quickly; unprepared: The new product caught their competitors flat-footed.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Medicine) having flatfoot
a. clumsy or awkward
b. downright and uncompromising
3. informal off guard or unawares (often in the phrase catch flat-footed)
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Switch to new thesaurus
|Adj.||1.||flat-footed - with feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe|
footed - having feet; "footed creatures"; "a footed sofa"
|2.||flat-footed - unprepared and unable to react quickly; "the new product caught their competitors flat-footed"|
unready - not prepared or in a state of readiness; slow to understand or respond; "she cursed her unready tongue"
|3.||flat-footed - having broad flat feet that usually turn outward; "a slow flat-footed walk"|
|4.||flat-footed - without reservation; "a flat-footed refusal"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
direct - straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
2. (fig) (= clumsy) → patoso (Sp)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995