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foot·pad 1

A thief who preys on pedestrians.

[foot + obsolete pad, highwayman (probably from Middle Dutch pad, path; see pent- in Indo-European roots).]

foot·pad 2

1. The cushionlike flesh on the underpart of the toes and feet of many animals.
2. A plate or similar structure on the leg of a spacecraft that distributes weight and helps prevent sinking after landing.


1. (Historical Terms) a robber or highwayman, on foot rather than horseback



a highwayman or robber who goes on foot.
[1675–85; foot + pad2, in sense “highwayman”]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.footpad - a highwayman who robs on footfootpad - a highwayman who robs on foot        
highwayman, hijacker, road agent, highjacker - a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it
References in classic literature ?
"I stood up the Chief of Police," said the First Footpad, "and I got away with what he had.
The footpad hiding in a ditch had marked him passing like a ghost along its brink; the vagrant had met him on the dark high-road; the beggar had seen him pause upon the bridge to look down at the water, and then sweep on again; they who dealt in bodies with the surgeons could swear he slept in churchyards, and that they had beheld him glide away among the tombs on their approach.
Far off, the lofty jet of the whale might be seen, and nearer at hand the prowling shark, that villainous footpad of the seas, would come skulking along, and, at a wary distance, regard us with his evil eye.