[ foot-muhn ]
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noun,plural foot·men.
  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.

  1. Archaic. an infantryman.

Origin of footman

First recorded in 1250–1300, footman is from the Middle English word fotman.See foot, man

Other words from footman

  • un·der·foot·man, noun, plural un·der·foot·men.

Words Nearby footman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use footman in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for footman


/ (ˈfʊtmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. a male servant, esp one in livery

  2. a low four-legged metal stand used in a fireplace for utensils, etc

  1. (formerly) a foot soldier

  2. any of several arctiid moths related to the tiger moths, esp the common footman (Eilema lurideola), with yellowish hind wings and brown forewings with a yellow front stripe; they produce woolly bear larvae

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