footman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n footman a man employed as a servant in a large establishment (as a palace) to run errands and do chores
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Footman A man in waiting; a male servant whose duties are to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc.
    • Footman A metallic stand with four feet, for keeping anything warm before a fire.
    • Footman (Zoöl) A moth of the family Lithosidæ; -- so called from its livery-like colors.
    • Footman A soldier who marches and fights on foot; a foot soldier.
    • Footman Formerly, a servant who ran in front of his master's carriage; a runner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n footman A soldier who marches and fights on foot.
    • n footman A walker; a pedestrian.
    • n footman Formerly, a runner in attendance upon a person of rank; later, a servant who ran before his master's carriage for the purpose of rendering assistance on bad roads or in crossing streams, but mainly as a mark of the consequence of the traveler: distinctively called a running footman. He was usually dressed in a light black cap, a jockey-coat, and white linen trousers, and carried a pole six or seven feet long.
    • n footman In later and present use, a male servant whose duty it is to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc.; a man in waiting.
    • n footman A stand of brass or other metal placed in front of a fire to hold anything which is to be kept hot.
    • n footman In entomology, one of certain bombycid moths; a lithosiid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Footman a servant or attendant in livery:
    • Footman (B.) a soldier who serves on foot: a runner:—pl. Foot′men
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Quotations

  • Jonathan Swift
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    “A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fót, pl. fét; Ger. fuss, L. pes, pedis, Gr. pous, podos, Sans. pād.

Usage

In literature:

The unwilling hostess touched a bell and a footman opened the door.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The English footman, in scarlet knee-breeches, left him to wait in the stone hall.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
In a few moments Johnson and another footman brought in tea from the conservatory on a silver tray.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
The footman greeted them deferentially, and asked them to pick out their luggage from the lot that had been dumped on the station platform.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Yet Catherine ordered the footman to light a fire in Mark's study.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The landlord of the inn gave them a resplendent two-horse carriage, with a liveried coachman and a footman.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
A smart footman standing by turned quickly and touched his hat.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
He had hardly finished when the footman reappeared.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
The footman remained silent, but partly closed the door.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
I was called "Little Master," and went with the footman.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
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In poetry:

Soft SIMPLICETTA doats upon a beau ;
PRUDINA likes a man, and laughs at show :
Their several graces in my SHARPER meet ;
Strong as the footman, as the master sweet.
"Thursday, the Bassette-Table" by Mary Wortley Montagu
'Then ladies, dear ladies, your pity bestow:'­
Just then a tall footman came round,
And asking the ladies which way they would go,
The chariot turn'd off with a bound.
"A True Story" by Ann Taylor
Smilinda.
Soft Simplicetta doats upon a Beau;
Prudina likes a Man, and laughs at Show. Their several graces in my Sharper meet;
Strong as the Footman, as the Master sweet.
"The Basset-Table : An Eclogue" by Alexander Pope
Then the hall door was opened by a footman, dressed in rich livery,
And Jack told him he wished Mr Brooksby to see;
Then to deliver Jack's message the footman withdrew,
And when the footman returned he said, Master will see you.
"Jack Honest, or the Widow and Her Son" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, And in short, I was afraid.
Whatever Happened to the Fourth Footman .
DOWNSTAIRS In the 1950s, James Silvia served as the fourth footman at Alexander H Rice's mansions in Newport, R.I. Pictured, and New York City.
Credit Courtesy of Alex Footman.
Occasionally, they bribe a footman.
Grant worked with Fellowes on his Oscar-winning 2001 film Gosford Park, in which he played a footman at a stately home, and he was surprised when he wasn't invited to be a part of the hugely successful period drama.
Connie Footman, Special to the Sun Journal.
The Emir of Kuwait Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, center, is assisted by royal footman as he arrives in Windsor, west of London, Tuesday Nov 26, 2012, during his state visit to the United Kingdom.
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