Etymology
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instep (n.)

"arch of the foot," mid-15c., apparently from in + step, "though this hardly makes sense" [Weekley]. An Old English word for "instep" was fotwelm. Middle English had also a verb instep "to track, trace" (c. 1400). Old English instæpe (n.) meant "an entrance."

updated on March 30, 2022

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Definitions of instep from WordNet

instep (n.)
the arch of the foot;
instep (n.)
the part of a shoe or stocking that covers the arch of the foot;
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