foothill [foo t-hil] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.

Origin of foothill An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; foot + hill Examples from the Web for foothill Historical Examples of foothill

  • And behind her, like a foothill in the shadow of a mountain, was Laban.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The lower third of the mountains, that is, the foothill section, is only tree-dotted.

    Wild Life on the Rockies

    Enos A. Mills

  • It was not many days after my arrival in the Foothill country that I began to hear of Gwen.

    The Sky Pilot

    Ralph Connor

  • The foothill Indians were not a particularly intelligent lot.

    Down the Mother Lode

    Vivia Hemphill

  • Neither had he an interest in the foothill country to the west.

    The Rules of the Game

    Stewart Edward White

  • British Dictionary definitions for foothill foothill noun

    1. (often plural) a lower slope of a mountain or a relatively low hill at the foot of a mountain

    Word Origin and History for foothill n.

    “a hill that leads up to a mountain,” 1850, American English, from foot (n.) + hill.

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