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[foo t-wey] /ˈfʊtˌweɪ/
a way or path for people going on foot.
Also called footpath. British. a sidewalk.
Origin of footway
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, footway is from the late Middle English word fotewey. See foot, way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And he remained for five minutes on the footway, to make sure that she had gone in.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Behind him, on the footway of the Rue Rambuteau, fruit was being sold.

  • However, in spite of all Muche's blandishments, she still refused to leave the footway.

  • A thin drizzling rain was falling, and the footway was wet and muddy.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • They reached the end of the footway, and paused in sheer absent-mindedness.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • All the chairs on the footway were occupied, and the path was blocked with walkers to the rails.

    Contraband G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Moreover the pavement was up, and heaps of stone and gravel obstructed the footway.

    Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy
  • The width of the carriageway is 20 feet, and footway five feet.

  • There is only the footway to pierce it, crooked and steep and stony from the start.

  • Helene remained stupefied on the footway; she knew no other doctor in Passy.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for footway


a way or path for pedestrians, such as a raised walk along the edge of a bridge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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