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[foo t-fawl] /ˈfʊtˌfɔl/
a footstep.
the sound of footsteps:
She heard a footfall on the stairs.
Origin of footfall
First recorded in 1600-10; foot + fall Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Twenty minutes passed, and then he too heard a footfall in the passage outside, and the swish of a dress.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • In every little stir and breath she heard the footfall of her enemy.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Suddenly the faintest possible creak of a footfall on the floor behind him.

    Renshaw Fanning's Quest Bertram Mitford
  • Her streets will be deserted and silent, not a footfall be heard where the myriads trod.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • At half-past six there was the footfall as of one man on the stairs, and he descended slowly.

  • Just as we sat down to eat, I heard a horse's footfall, and turned to see who it was.

    The Sheep Eaters William Alonzo Allen
  • We feel the kingdom throb to its centre at Assyria's first footfall on the border.

  • I trembled whenever I saw a policeman or heard a footfall on the road.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • In the twilight of the unlighted streets scarce a footfall is heard.

  • An army might have marched from end to end and not a footfall given the alarm.

British Dictionary definitions for footfall


the sound of a footstep
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for footfall

c.1600; see foot (n.) + fall (n). Perhaps first in Shakespeare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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