'Foots' or 'Feet': What is the Plural of 'Foot'?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on October 19, 2022

Wondering whether the plural form of ‘foot’ is ‘feet’ or ‘foots’? This article will dive into that and teach you how to correctly pluralize similar English words.

The plural form of ‘foot’ is ‘feet.’ ‘Foots’ is incorrect.

What Does ‘Foot’ Mean

Before we get into making ‘foot’ plural, let’s quickly define what it means.

Definition of ‘Foot’

The word ‘foot’ can be defined in several ways. The main definition is “the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands,” according to Merriam-Webster.

Another definition is: “Any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot.”

It can also mean: “the lower end of the leg of a chair or table,” “the basal portion of the sporophyte in mosses,” and “the lowest part.”

The Plural of ‘Foot’ – Is It ‘Foots’ or ‘Feet’?

Now that you know what the word means let’s discuss how to make it plural.

To make the word ‘foot’ plural, you wouldn’t follow the traditional American English rules of pluralization.

The Rules of Pluralizing

When it comes to making words plural, the most common way to do that would be to add ‘s’ or ‘es’ at the end of the word.

For example:

  • Bat > Bats
  • Case > Cases
  • Tux > Tuxes
  • Swatch > Swatches

But that’s not the case for words with special circumstances.

‘Foot’ is a word that falls into that category and gets treated differently when pluralizing.

Instead of simply adding ‘s’ or ‘es,’ you’d change ‘foot’ to ‘feet.’

Several words in the English language follow different rules when it comes to pluralizing.

For example, words like these follow different rules (like changing an ‘f’ to a ‘v’ and adding an ‘s’ at the end):

  • Life > Lives
  • Wife > Wives
  • Knife > Knives

In other cases, you’d follow a whole different set of rules, such as the rule for words ending in ‘y.’ For example:

  • Cherry > Cherries
  • Puppy > Puppies
  • Fairy > Fairies
  • Strawberry > Strawberries

However, if there’s a vowel before the ‘y,’ you’d just add an ‘s.’ For example:

  • Monkey > Monkeys
  • Day > Days
  • Toy > Toys

Using ‘Foot’ and ‘Feet’ in a Sentence 

Now it’s time to learn how to use ‘foot’ and ‘feet’ in a sentence. Make sure that your subject agrees with your verb. Let's take a look at a few examples of using both in a sentence.

‘Foot’ in a Sentence

  • Your foot is too big for that shoe.
  • That sandwich is a foot long.
  • My ball rolled all the way down to the foot of the hill.

Using ‘Feet’ in a Sentence

  • You have the biggest feet I have ever seen.
  • My friend always jokes that I have webbed feet.
  • My feet look horrible; I need a pedicure immediately.

Final Thoughts on ‘Foots’ or ‘Feet’  

After reading the above information, you should feel better about using the plural form of ‘foot’ in your everyday writing.

Remember, ‘feet’ is the plural form of ‘foot’ – not ‘foots.’ It has a confusing spelling when it's pluralized, just like leaf and goose.

If you find yourself struggling with confusing words often, check out our library of confusing words.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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