, a. 1. Having a flat foot, with little or no arch of the instep; suffering from fallen arches. [wns=3]
[1913 Webster]

2. Firm-footed; determined. [Slang, U.S.]
[1913 Webster]

3. clumsy; amateurish; pedestrian; unimaginative; plodding; as, flatfooted prose.

4. Without reservation; without evasion or compromise; firm; as, a flat-footed refusal; a flatfooted denial. [wns=4]
Syn. -- downright, forthright, foursquare, head-on, straightforward.

5. With feet flat on the ground; not tiptoe. [wns=1]
[WordNet 1.5]

6. Unprepared and unable to react quickly; as, the new product caught their competitors flat-footed. [wns=2]
Syn. -- unready.
[WordNet 1.5]

To catch (one) flatfooted to catch (a person) unprepared; to catch (a person) by surprise.


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