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[foo t-er] /ˈfʊt ər/
British Informal.
  1. Rugby (def 3).
  2. soccer.
a person or thing having or associated with a height or length of a foot or a specified number of feet (often used in combination):
a six-footer.
Computers. a line of information placed at the end of a page for purposes of identification.
Archaic. a person who walks; walker; pedestrian.
Origin of footer
1600-10; foot + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But you are not exactly quite the flier at cricket that you are at 'footer,' so you can't afford to slack up now.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • Aren't you the oul' footer to be lettin' it slip down like that?

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • He's just as anxious as Warde to see the Manor cock-house at footer and cricket, and I'm as keen as he is; but we stop there.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Not that footer is the most important thing in a man's life.

  • We met them at footer the other day, and I told that little bounder Jenkins that we had a fellow at the Front.

  • They knew, too, that footer and cricket and swimming were forbidden to him.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • Kastamuni is totally hilly, and the footer ground over a mile away, is uneven and stony, but the best we can get.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • He played wing three for them at footer against us this year on their ground.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • School House footer is not pretty to look at; but it's the real thing, not a sort of nursery affair.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • He'll never get his cap as long as I'm captain of the footer eleven.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
British Dictionary definitions for footer


(archaic) a person who goes on foot; walker
(in combination) a person or thing of a specified length or height in feet: a six-footer


(Brit, informal) short for football (sense 1)


/ˈfuːtər; ˈfuːtə/
verb (intransitive)
to potter; occupy oneself trivially or to little effect
a person who footers
Word Origin
perhaps from French foutre; see footle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for footer

c.1600, "pedestrian;" 1781, "a kick at football;" 1863, British student slang, "the game of football;" see foot (n.), football, -er.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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