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Here, I want the word pertaining to the sound of human footsteps while walking down the stairs. The word I am looking for, can be contrasted with the word of the sound of footsteps of army marching. I am just looking for that word that denotes the sound of footsteps (hitting on the stairs) while walking down the stairs.

My research suggests two best options; one is adjective to describe that sort of sound, and the other, noun:

1. Click-clacking sound.

2. Clomp.

I am not fully satisfied with the word clomp as it denotes the sound of a heavy tread.

I heard the ______ of her footsteps when she was walking down the stairs.

picture of a woman walking down the stairs

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    (a) Those particular shoes in the illustration will neither click-clack nor clomp.(b) What's wrong with the word sound in your sentence? Or are you wanting a word which will render the "walking down the stairs" part redundant? – Andrew Leach Sep 15 '18 at 15:51
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    @AndrewLeach, (a) I've replaced the image; hope it works. (b) because the word sound doesn't specify the sound which I am looking for ... and I'm not wanting a word which will render the "walking down the stairs" part redundant, but I know that I could say "step down the stairs." – Ahmed Sep 15 '18 at 16:05
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    I would tend to say' the (click) clack of her boots/high-heels on the stairs' rather than the clack of her footsteps. – S Conroy Sep 15 '18 at 16:14
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    Contrast to marching army, stairs reference: deescalation... – loonquawl Sep 17 '18 at 5:31
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If you’re looking for a single word that specifically means the sound of human footsteps while walking down the stairs, I suspect that you’re going to be disappointed.  English has quite a few niche words, but you’ve presented a very rarefied specification, and I doubt that there’s a word with that narrow a meaning.  But if you’ll be satisfied by a word that can be used to refer to that, then I suggest tread:

ODO:

    A manner or the sound of someone walking.   ‘I heard the heavy tread of Dad’s boots’

Collins English Dictionary:

    A person’s tread is the sound that they make with their feet as they walk.

Macmillan Dictionary:

    British  the sound that someone makes when they walk

Macmillan says that this is a Br.E. meaning / usage.  I question that; I’ve lived in the U.S. all my life (with only a few days spent in the U.K.) and it popped right into my head.  Then again, I mainly know it from With Cat-Like Tread, (Upon Our Prey We Steal), from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan:

With cat-like tread,
   Upon our prey we steal;
In silence dread,
   Our cautious way we feel.
No sound at all,
   We never speak a word,
A fly’s foot-fall
   Would be distinctly heard –

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If the sound is not necessarily high-pitched (ruling out "click") and is not heavy (ruling out "clomp"), then you might use tapping or patter (repeated tapping) or pitter-patter/pit-a-pat.

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"I heard the tip-tap of her footsteps..."

Tip-tap (noun) (M-W Dictionary)

an alternating light knocking or tapping; also : the sound made by such tapping

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A somewhat archaic, or at least obscure, word is footfall:

ODO:

    The sound of a footstep or footsteps.   ‘ you will recognize his footfall on the stairs’

American Heritage Dictionary:

    See footstep.

Collins English Dictionary:

    A footfall is the sound that is made by someone walking each time they take a step.
    She heard Tom’s familiar, flat footfall on the staircase.

I didn’t find a dictionary that identifies footfall as archaic or obscure, but Collins and Macmillan Dictionary call it “literary”.  I probably wouldn’t have thought of it, but I saw it in the lyrics of With Cat-Like Tread (Upon Our Prey We Steal), from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan:

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No sound at all,
   We never speak a word,
A fly’s foot-fall
   Would be distinctly heard –

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