Definitions of footpad

  1. a highwayman who robs on foot Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A highwayman who robs on foot; as, bright lights are a protection against footpads. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A highwayman or robber on foot, who frequents public paths or roads. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Highway robber on foot. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A highwayman on foot. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for footpad

  1. " Some footpad who haunts the cliffs," rejoined de Chavasse lightly, " 'tis simple enough." – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  2. Why we should laugh at a man with a huge belly and corresponding appetites; at the inconveniences he suffers on a hot day, or in playing the footpad or when he falls down and there are no levers at hand to lift him up again; at the incongruity of his unwieldy bulk and the nimbleness of his spirit, the infirmities of his age and his youthful lightness of heart; at the enormity of his lies and wiles, and the suddenness of their exposure and frustration; at the contrast between his reputation and his real character, seen most absurdly when, at the mere mention of his name, a redoubted rebel surrenders to him- why, I say, we should laugh at these and many such things, this is no place to inquire; but unquestionably we do. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley