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footfall

[foo t-fawl]
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noun
  1. a footstep.
  2. the sound of footsteps: She heard a footfall on the stairs.
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Origin of footfall

First recorded in 1600–10; foot + fall
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Related Words for footfall

stride, vestige, impression, gait, tread, trace, trail, track, footstep, spoor, mark, print, footprint, walk, stepping, footfall, jaunt, trek, traipse, march

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Historical Examples of footfall

  • His footfall was a feathery thing that carried him like a shadow to the door.

    Way of the Lawless

    Max Brand

  • Or else, in some barroom, a footfall from behind and a bullet through the back.

  • The carpet was soft and rich; it gave back no sound of footfall.

  • There had been no knock, but he had just recognised the footfall coming up the stairs.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • In the utter silence there was no suspicion of the pat of a footfall.


British Dictionary definitions for footfall

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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