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[foo t-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈfʊtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board or small platform on which to support the foot or feet.
an upright piece across the foot of a bedstead.
a treadle.
Origin of footboard
An Americanism dating back to 1755-65; foot + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Isn't it funny," mused Gyp as she balanced on the footboard of her bed.


    Jane Abbott
  • What did he do then but lean over the footboard and shake me by the heel.

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • Malcolm was on one footboard, Malinkoff by the side of the chauffeur on the other.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • Then a similar accident happened to the man on the other footboard.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • You didn't shoot the soldiers who were standing on the footboard, did you?

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • With a groan of self-disgust, she dropped down on the footboard of Billy's chair.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • When I woke that morning, the monkey was sitting on the footboard of my bed, looking at me.

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • Tiara almost fell, clutching the footboard of the bed for support.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • They complained that some one who didn't ought to, had mounted on the footboard of the carriage.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • He waited for the conductor to get on to the footboard, and followed promptly.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for footboard


a treadle or foot-operated lever on a machine
a vertical board at the foot of a bed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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