[foo t-pad]


a highwayman or robber who goes on foot.

verb (used without object), foot·pad·ded, foot·pad·ding.

to proceed stealthily on foot.

Origin of footpad

First recorded in 1675–85; foot + pad2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for footpad

Contemporary Examples of footpad

  • What if a footpad started sinking into the moondust, or the Eagle sprung a leak?

    The Daily Beast logo
    Man on the Moon

    The Daily Beast

    July 19, 2009

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



archaic a robber or highwayman, on foot rather than horseback
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper