[foo t-er]
  1. British Informal.
    1. Rugby(def 3).
    2. soccer.
  2. a person or thing having or associated with a height or length of a foot or a specified number of feet (often used in combination): a six-footer.
  3. Computers. a line of information placed at the end of a page for purposes of identification.
  4. Archaic. a person who walks; walker; pedestrian.

Origin of footer

First recorded in 1600–10; foot + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for footer

Historical Examples of footer

  • Aren't you the oul' footer to be lettin' it slip down like that?

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Not that footer is the most important thing in a man's life.

  • They knew, too, that footer and cricket and swimming were forbidden to him.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

  • He played wing three for them at footer against us this year on their ground.


    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Did you send me a letter about not giving Barry his footer colours?

    The Gold Bat

    P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for footer


  1. archaic a person who goes on foot; walker
  2. (in combination) a person or thing of a specified length or height in feeta six-footer


  1. British informal short for football (def. 1)




verb (intr)
  1. to potter; occupy oneself trivially or to little effect
  1. a person who footers

Word Origin for footer

perhaps from French foutre; see footle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for footer

c.1600, "pedestrian;" 1781, "a kick at football;" 1863, British student slang, "the game of football;" see foot (n.), football, -er.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper