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afoot (adv., adj.)

c. 1200, afote, "on foot, walking, not on horseback," contraction of prepositional phrase on fotum; see a- (1) "on" + foot (n.). Meaning "astir, on the move" is from 1520s; figurative sense of "in active operation" is from 1601 ("Julius Caesar").

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Definitions of afoot from WordNet
1
afoot (adj.)
currently in progress;
there is mischief afoot
plans are afoot
Synonyms: underway
afoot (adj.)
traveling by foot;
she was afoot when I saw her this morning
2
afoot (adv.)
on foot; walking;
they went to the village afoot
quail are hunted either afoot or on horseback
From wordnet.princeton.edu