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See also: Footman
From Middle English fotman, footman, foteman (“foot soldier, running footman”), from Old English *fōtman, *fōtmann (attested only as Old English fēþman, fēþmann (“footman”), equivalent to foot + man.
footman (plural footmen)
- (archaic) A soldier who marches and fights on foot; a foot soldier.
- A man in waiting; a male servant whose duties are to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc.
- 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
- And no use for anyone to tell Charles that this was because the Family was in mourning for Mr Granville Darracott […] : Charles might only have been second footman at Darracott Place for a couple of months when that disaster occurred, but no one could gammon him into thinking that my lord cared a spangle for his heir.
- Coordinate term: footwoman
- (historical) A servant who runs in front of his master's carriage.
- A metallic stand with four feet, for keeping anything warm before a fire.
- A moth of the family Arctiidae (or subfamily Arctiinae); -- so called from its livery-like colors.
- A bar that connects the treadle of a spinning wheel to the wheel.
soldier who marches and fights on foot — see foot soldier
servant who runs in front of his master's carriage
metallic stand with four feet
moth of the subfamily Arctiinae
- footman in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- footman in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- footman at OneLook Dictionary Search.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “footman”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- Alternative form of