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[foo t-baw-ler]
  1. a football player, especially a member of a college or professional team.
  2. Chiefly British. a soccer player.
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Origin of footballer

First recorded in 1875–80; football + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Good cricketer and footballer, I mean, and all that sort of thing.


    P. G. Wodehouse

  • The English Cup is probably a bigger attraction to a footballer than any other.

  • Why shouldn't a footballer look gallant and present trophies?

  • Nearly every footballer knows that what I say is true, and still the thing grows.

    'I Believe' and other essays

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • With the calves of a footballer and the upper limbs of a Sandow, she is a fearful and wonderful example of the female form divine.

    The Awful Australian

    Valerie Desmond