Footman
Footman Foot"man, n.; pl. {Footmen}. 1. A soldier who marches and fights on foot; a foot soldier. [1913 Webster]

2. A man in waiting; a male servant whose duties are to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. Formerly, a servant who ran in front of his master's carriage; a runner. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

4. A metallic stand with four feet, for keeping anything warm before a fire. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) A moth of the family {Lithosid[ae]}; -- so called from its livery-like colors. [1913 Webster]


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  • footman — A male servant in the household. A person on foot; a pedestrian. A person riding on a bicycle is not a footman or pedestrian, whether he is riding on the sidewalk or elsewhere. Mercer v Corbin, 117 Ind 450, 20 NE 132 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • footman — noun Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic a traveler on foot ; pedestrian b. infantryman 2. a. a servant in livery formerly attending a rider or required to run in front of his master s carriage b. a servant who serves at table, tends the door, and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • footman — /foot meuhn/, n., pl. footmen. 1. a liveried servant who attends the door or carriage, waits on table, etc. 2. a metal stand before a fire, to keep something hot. 3. Archaic. an infantryman. [1250 1300; ME fotman. See FOOT, MAN1] * * * …   Universalium

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