[foo t-fawl]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for footfall



the sound of a footstep
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Word Origin and History for footfall

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

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