[foo t-boi]

Origin of footboy

1580–90; foot + boy, modeled on footman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for footboy

Historical Examples of footboy

  • He writes just as you might suppose Voltaire's footboy to do, who has been his amanuensis.

    Life of Johnson

    James Boswell

  • Not a footboy in Randolph's train but is more Randolph than he.

  • He got up in the night, and his footboy with him, and went to the privy.


    Snorri Sturlason

  • Derrick one day sent his footboy with a message to a gentleman whose name was Mr. Hodges Podger.

  • The following morning while the king was putting on his clothes he said to his footboy, "Go thou to Earl Ulf, and kill him."


    Snorri Sturlason

British Dictionary definitions for footboy


  1. a boy servant; page
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