[ foot-pad ]
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  1. a highwayman or robber who goes on foot.

verb (used without object),foot·pad·ded, foot·pad·ding.
  1. to proceed stealthily on foot.

Origin of footpad

First recorded in 1675–85; foot + pad2

Words Nearby footpad Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use footpad in a sentence

  • We won't shoot the bison, no matter what happens; he's like a gentleman assailed by a footpad.

    The Three Sapphires | W. A. Fraser
  • A footpad had attacked him the night before, taken him by the throat and robbed him, leaving him half-dead in the road.

    The Golden Triangle | Maurice Leblanc

British Dictionary definitions for footpad


/ (ˈfʊtˌpæd) /

  1. archaic a robber or highwayman, on foot rather than horseback

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