One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having feathered (or furry) feet. Chiefly in the names of birds and domestic varieties of them, as "rough-footed cock", "rough-footed pigeon", etc.
2Scottish. Wearing shoes of undressed hide. Now historical.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Trevisa's Bartholomeus De Proprietatibus Rerum. From rough + footed.
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