footpad [foo t-pad] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for footpad on noun

  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 Related Words for footpad outlaw, desperado, thief, highwayman, bandit, soldier, pirate, robber, marauder, pillager, footpad, freebooter, crook, criminal, brigand, rider 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?

    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.

    The Man Shakespeare

    Frank Harris

  • 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 footpad noun

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

    Word Origin and History for footpad n.

    “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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