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[foo t-pad] /ˈfʊtˌpæd/
a highwayman or robber who goes on foot.
verb (used without object), footpadded, footpadding.
to proceed stealthily on foot.
Origin of footpad
First recorded in 1675-85; foot + pad2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The young lord did what he pleased, and spoke his mind as plainly as the footpad.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • That is why, to save my life, I had to be an incendiary at times, and at others a footpad.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • I was assaulted by a footpad near Abrantes, as if I was worth robbing.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Was he going to be strangled like a clerk at the hands of a footpad?

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • You are only a footpad, a simple-minded marquis of the bludgeon.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • “It is a falsehood,” roared the footpad who had attacked our hero.

  • "I say, driver," said the footpad, with consummate coolness.

  • Or if a footpad asks him for his money, what need he care provided he has an umbrella?

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • And we know what we think of the footpad,—and what we do to him.

    The Duke's Children

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for footpad


(archaic) a robber or highwayman, on foot rather than horseback
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Word Origin and History for footpad

"highway robber," 1680s, from foot (n.) + pad "pathway," from Middle Dutch pad "way, path," from Proto-Germanic *patha- "way, path" (see path).

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