Definition of padfoot in English:

padfoot

(also padfooit)

noun

English Regional, Northern
  • Also with capital initial. A large dog, variously said to be a ghost, spirit, or monster, supposed to guard graves and to terrify travellers.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Francis Drake (bap. 1696, d. 1771), antiquary and surgeon. Origin uncertain; perhaps from pad + foot [interjection].

Pronunciation

padfoot

/ˈpadfʊt/