Definition of sure-footed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɔːˈfʊtɪd/


1Unlikely to stumble or slip: tough, sure-footed hill ponies
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  • The famous hardy and sure-footed Basotho ponies can take visitors into areas not accessible by road.
  • Leaving their overnight camp by the riverbed, they turn their sure-footed local steeds toward the steep, rocky outline of the Spur.
  • Once sure-footed, their step is now a confused, uncertain stagger, like a drunk slaloming from house to house in searching for his own front door.
1.1Confident and competent: the challenges of the 1990s demand a responsible and sure-footed government
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  • I will shine the lantern along your path so you feel confident and sure-footed with each step you take.
  • These are sure-footed lyrics, confidently placed in their musical context, and telling their stories by phrasing just as much as the words.
  • On average, the Bush campaign has been more sure-footed, but both sides have had stumbles.



Example sentences
  • His deliberately understated portrait of Eton, carefully crafted to be accurate but not so arcane as to alienate readers from other schools, set the Dance sequence sure-footedly on its path.
  • We're calling it a reported essay - something that distills reporting and presents it sure-footedly.
  • Butler guides readers sure-footedly through the immensely difficult terrain of these rapidly transforming societies.


Pronunciation: /ˌʃɔːˈfʊtɪdnəs/ /ˌʃʊəˈfʊtɪdnəs/
Example sentences
  • In performance, the Touareg can tackle gradients up to 100 percent - and it has the sure-footedness to navigate lateral slope angles as high as 45 degrees.
  • It is just the opposite - a sense of sure-footedness and balance that is often the defining trait of people of great character and impeccable integrity.
  • It's not too difficult to guess that the heron's lack of sure-footedness reflects Denerley's current state of mind.

Words that rhyme with sure-footed

barefooted, club-footed, light-footed, splay-footed, wrong-footed

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