from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Informal To go in haste. Often used with it: hotfoot it out of town.
  • adv. In haste.
  • n. The practical joke of lighting a match that has been secretly inserted between the sole and upper of a victim's shoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The prank of secretly inserting a match between the sole and upper of a victim's shoe and then lighting it.
  • adv. hastily; without delay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In haste; foothot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In great haste; with great speed.
  • To chase or pursue in hot haste; follow at a hot pace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move fast
  • adv. without delay; speedily
  • n. a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • '"Dewey sure is a sucker for the hotfoot. This must be a thousand times somebody gives him the hotfoot. It's a dozen times, at least, that I give him the hotfoot myself."'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012