[foo t-rest]


a support for a person's feet, as an attachment to a barber's chair or a dentist's chair.

Origin of footrest

First recorded in 1860–65; foot + rest1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for footrest

stool, hassock, footrest, ottoman, footstool

Examples from the Web for footrest

Historical Examples of footrest

  • A shaded lamp burned softly on the center-table, and beside it stood the doctor's easy-chair and footrest.

    Out of a Labyrinth

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • I hear my name called, I lay aside my book and meerschaum, push back my footrest, and go to the door.

    Out of a Labyrinth

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • At this point Guilford Duncan impatiently kicked over his footrest, rose to his feet and began dressing for the out of doors.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston

  • In earlier forms it was used as a footrest to keep the feet from the damp or draughty rush floor.

  • Under the spell of the music he relaxed, pushed out the footrest of the chair, and lay back at ease, smoking dreamily.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

British Dictionary definitions for footrest



something that provides a support for the feet, such as a low stool, rail, etc
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