Etymology
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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.

updated on July 27, 2012

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Definitions of footstep from WordNet

footstep (n.)
the sound of a step of someone walking;
he heard footsteps on the porch
Synonyms: footfall / step
footstep (n.)
the act of taking a step in walking;
footstep (n.)
the distance covered by a step;
Synonyms: pace / step / stride
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.