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[foo t-boi] /ˈfʊtˌbɔɪ/
a boy in livery employed as a servant; page.
Origin of footboy
1580-90; foot + boy, modeled on footman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He writes just as you might suppose Voltaire's footboy to do, who has been his amanuensis.

    Life of Johnson James Boswell
  • Not a footboy in Randolph's train but is more Randolph than he.

    The Days of Bruce Vol 1 Grace Aguilar
  • He got up in the night, and his footboy with him, and went to the privy.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • Derrick one day sent his footboy with a message to a gentleman whose name was Mr. Hodges Podger.

  • The following morning while the king was putting on his clothes he said to his footboy, "Go thou to Earl Ulf, and kill him."

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • Harald was with those who played on the land, and told his footboy to go out to the ship, make his bed, and wait for him there.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • The Duke is made to say, 'By the mystery of my art, no more be a footboy, but rise a captain!'

  • Some biographers have described Opie as becoming the doctor's footboy, but this is a mistake.

    English Painters Harry John Wilmot-Buxton
  • Mrs. Bungay's footboy was lost amidst those large and black-coated attendants.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The laugh was strange, and not a melodious sound, and almost at the same moment Mrs Symes and the footboy came into the kitchen.

    Bristol Bells Emma Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for footboy


a boy servant; page
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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