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footboard

[foo t-bawrd, -bohrd]
noun
  1. a board or small platform on which to support the foot or feet.
  2. an upright piece across the foot of a bedstead.
  3. a treadle.
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Origin of footboard

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; foot + board
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Examples from the Web for footboard

Historical Examples

  • "Isn't it funny," mused Gyp as she balanced on the footboard of her bed.

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    Jane Abbott

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

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    Lyda Farrington Kraus

  • Malcolm was on one footboard, Malinkoff by the side of the chauffeur on the other.

  • Then a similar accident happened to the man on the other footboard.

  • You didn't shoot the soldiers who were standing on the footboard, did you?


British Dictionary definitions for footboard

footboard

noun
  1. a treadle or foot-operated lever on a machine
  2. a vertical board at the foot of a bed
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