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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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  • In front of him the footway of bamboo strips sloped away sharply clear down to the swaying center of the bridge.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • A thin drizzling rain was falling, and the footway was wet and muddy.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • The bridge was originally for two railways—a narrow and a broad gauge—and a footway.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Helene remained stupefied on the footway; she knew no other doctor in Passy.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • There is only the footway to pierce it, crooked and steep and stony from the start.

  • She now heard the steps of the two men, running down the footway.

    Marietta F. Marion Crawford
  • At some time or other the steps were removed, except at the ends of the streets, and a footway laid along the tops of the cellars.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • A moment later she was on the footway, hurrying towards the bridge.

    Marietta F. Marion Crawford
  • Taking to the road, for the footway was quite crowded, I soon reached Poplar.

  • When Zorzi came out, the Greek walked off, up the footway and past the bridge.

    Marietta F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for footway


a way or path for pedestrians, such as a raised walk along the edge of a bridge
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