1. [early 17C–1930s] to travel as a tramp, thief or vagrant.
2. [mid-17C–mid-18C] to work as a highway robber on foot or on horseback.
3. [mid-17C–1910s] to walk, to wander.
1. [mid-19C] (Aus./UK Und., also padden crib, padding box) a lodging house.
2. [1980s] (US Und.) a place to hide or to rest.
[mid-19C–1930s] (Aus./UK Und.) a lodging house frequented primarily by vagrants or thieves; thus padding-ken keeper, padding-ken ranger.
[early 17C+] to travel on foot, to walk, esp. as a vagrant or person seeking work, or a prostitute.
see hit the bricks under bricks n.
1. [late 18C+] to walk, to travel on foot; thus hoof-padder n., a pedestrian.
2. [mid-19C] to leave in a hurry.