[foo t-path, -pahth]

noun, plural foot·paths [foo t-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈfʊtˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/.

a path for people going on foot.
British. footway(def 2).

Origin of footpath

First recorded in 1520–30; foot + path Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for footpath

walkway, track, path, trail

Examples from the Web for footpath

Historical Examples of footpath

  • I was gazing idly at the footpath opposite, which is bounded by the Luxembourg railings.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Presently they reached a footpath from which the house at Hoddon Grey could be reached.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • I am in the proper way, while you very improperly ride on the footpath.

  • She's taken the footpath to the left that leads into Steeple!

    The Doctor of Pimlico

    William Le Queux

  • She went inland, across the stream, and took a footpath back to the shore.


    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for footpath



a narrow path for walkers only
mainly British, Australian and NZ another word for pavement
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Word Origin and History for footpath

also foot-path 1520s, from foot (n.) + path.

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