Definitions

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

  • adj. Having winged feet.
  • adj. Swift; fleet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having wings attached to the feet; ; hence, swift; moving with rapidity; fleet.
  • adj.
  • adj. Having part or all of the feet adapted for flying.
  • adj. Having the anterior lobes of the foot so modified as to form a pair of winglike swimming organs; -- said of the pteropod mollusks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Aliped; having winged feet; hence, rapid; swift.
  • In conchology, pteropod.

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Examples

  • The wing-footed fruitcake would be too busy showing off his speed to notice.

    The Shadow Thieves

  • Nike had done a gangbanger business, too, till wing-footed Hermes hit her with a copyright-infringement suit that showed every sign of being as eternal as the gods.

    Counting Up, Counting Down

  • Mercury, the wing-footed messenger, and Flora, the goddess of Spring, sought the center of the earth to bring back Proserpina to Ceres.

    Classic Myths

  • The _stadium_ furnished its fleet runners, nimble as the wing-footed Mercury, -- fit types for his light and airy conceptions; while the arena of the athletes offered marvellous opportunities for the study of muscle and posture, to show its results in the burly limbs of Hercules or the starting sinews of Laocoön.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 19, May, 1859

  • The wing-footed steed is broken down in his speed, whilst the camel-driver jogs on with his beast to the end of his journey.

    The Persian Literature, Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan, Volume 2

  • It was good to sit on the bank and watch a wing-footed Mercury do all the digits on the ice, and the girl ricochetting across the open as if she had sails.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • So far the Honourable Hilary has apparently done nothing but let the storm take its course; a wing-footed messenger has returned who has seen Mr. Thomas Gaylord walking rapidly up Maple Street, and

    Mr. Crewe's Career — Volume 3

  • So far the Honourable Hilary has apparently done nothing but let the storm take its course; a wing-footed messenger has returned who has seen Mr. Thomas Gaylord walking rapidly up Maple

    Mr. Crewe's Career — Complete

  • He only can create the greatest imaginable beauty who has endured all imaginable pangs, for only when we have seen and foreseen what we dread shall we be rewarded by that dazzling unforeseen wing-footed wanderer.

    The Advance of English Poetry in the Twentieth Century

  • Off he went, wing-footed, to get through his duty dance as best he could.

    Sisters

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