follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

footstep

[foo t-step] /ˈfʊtˌstɛp/
noun
1.
the setting down of a foot, or the sound so produced; footfall; tread.
2.
the distance covered by a step in walking; pace.
3.
a footprint.
4.
a step by which to ascend or descend.
Idioms
5.
follow in someone's footsteps, to succeed or imitate another person.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English foote steppe. See foot, step
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for follow someone's footsteps

footstep

/ˈfʊtˌstɛp/
noun
1.
the action of taking a step in walking
2.
the sound made by stepping or walking
3.
the distance covered with a step; pace
4.
a footmark
5.
a single stair; step
6.
to continue the tradition or example of another
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for follow someone's footsteps

footstep

n.

early 13c., "footprint," from foot (n.) + step (n.). Meaning "a tread or fall of the foot" is first attested 1530s. Figurative expression to follow in (someone's) footsteps is from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with follow someone's footsteps
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for footstep

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for follow

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends