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footpad

[foo t-pad]
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noun
  1. a highwayman or robber who goes on foot.
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verb (used without object), foot·pad·ded, foot·pad·ding.
  1. to proceed stealthily on foot.
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Origin of footpad

First recorded in 1675–85; foot + pad2
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Related Words for footpad

outlaw, desperado, thief, highwayman, bandit, soldier, pirate, robber, marauder, pillager, footpad, freebooter, crook, criminal, brigand, rider

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Historical Examples of footpad

  • The young lord did what he pleased, and spoke his mind as plainly as the footpad.

  • That is why, to save my life, I had to be an incendiary at times, and at others a footpad.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • I was assaulted by a footpad near Abrantes, as if I was worth robbing.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Was he going to be strangled like a clerk at the hands of a footpad?

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • You are only a footpad, a simple-minded marquis of the bludgeon.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane


British Dictionary definitions for footpad

footpad

noun
  1. archaic a robber or highwayman, on foot rather than horseback
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for footpad

n.

"highway robber," 1680s, from foot (n.) + pad "pathway," from Middle Dutch pad "way, path," from Proto-Germanic *patha- "way, path" (see path).

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