footfall

[foo t-fawl]
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Origin of footfall

First recorded in 1600–10; foot + fall
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footfall

noun
  1. the sound of a footstep
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Word Origin and History for footfall
n.

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

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