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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for footway in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From Middle English fotwei, equivalent to foot +‎ way. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Foutwai, German Fußweg.



footway (plural footways)

  1. A passage for pedestrians only.
    • 2019 October, Dan Harvey, “Crossrail Update: Whitechapel barrels on”, in Modern Railways, page 92:
      On the right, as you enter from Whitechapel Road, is the public footway to Durward Street that will provide a new route across the railway during the day.