[ foot-bawrd, -bohrd ]

  1. a board or small platform on which to support the foot or feet.

  2. an upright piece across the foot of a bedstead.

  1. a treadle.

Origin of footboard

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; foot + board

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

How to use footboard in a sentence

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

    We Ten | Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • There was a rattle of hoofs against the footboard as Daylight rolled over kicking wildly to get free.

    Servants of the Guns | Jeffery E. Jeffery
  • I closed the door of the compartment I had been in, and stepped along the footboard to the next.

    Dead Man's Love | Tom Gallon
  • We dived from the footboard of our bed into a surf of pillows.

    Hints to Pilgrims | Charles Stephen Brooks
  • Margaret, hearing the noise, rushed out hatless, and was in time to jump on the footboard.

    Howards End | E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for footboard


/ (ˈfʊtˌbɔːd) /

  1. a treadle or foot-operated lever on a machine

  2. a vertical board at the foot of a bed

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