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football +‎ -ist


footballist (plural footballists)

  1. (dated) A football player.
    • 1903, The Kappa Alpha Journal (volume 21, page 588)
      But that jolly crowd, composed mostly of athletes and footballists, had little mind for the serious affairs of life, and nothing was done.
    • 1905, Board of Trade Journal (volume 18, page 436)
      9 Lisbon street is headquarters for the footballists for both field and street attire.
    • 1913, American Medicine (volume 19, page 773)
      Anyhow, hunters are a brave lot of men to face such large chances of death, as brave as beefy footballists.