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[foo t-pad] /ˈfʊtˌpæd/
a highwayman or robber who goes on foot.
verb (used without object), footpadded, footpadding.
to proceed stealthily on foot.
Origin of footpad
1675-85; foot + pad2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The footpad lay in wait on the lonely country road or among the bushes of the open fields at the back of Lincoln's Inn.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • “It is a falsehood,” roared the footpad who had attacked our hero.

  • Our friend Blocque is garroted, and robbed of his 'honest earnings,' at one fell swoop by a footpad!

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

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Here also you will meet the footpad and the highwayman; the smuggler and the poacher, and the fugitive.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
  • I was assaulted by a footpad near Abrantes, as if I was worth robbing.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • While this was going on the westerner and two of the new arrivals managed to make a prisoner of the other footpad.

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

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The day will never come, I hope, when we shall degenerate into the footpad, and lose our Night Errantry.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for footpad


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

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