footman

(redirected from footboy)
Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
  • noun

Words related to footman

a man employed as a servant in a large establishment (as a palace) to run errands and do chores

Related Words

References in classic literature ?
Genteel blinds and makeshifts were more or less observable as soon as their doors were opened; screens not half high enough, which made dining-rooms out of arched passages, and warded off obscure corners where footboys slept at nights with their heads among the knives and forks; curtains which called upon you to believe that they didn't hide anything; panes of glass which requested you not to see them; many objects of various forms, feigning to have no connection with their guilty secret, a bed; disguised traps in walls, which were clearly coal-cellars; affectations of no thoroughfares, which were evidently doors to little kitchens.
465, hence, "Ox, the footboy, starved himself," which conflicts with the original story.