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[foo t-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈfʊtˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board or small platform on which to support the foot or feet.
an upright piece across the foot of a bedstead.
a treadle.
Origin of footboard
1755-65, Americanism; foot + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I put my violin in between my coat and waistcoat, sat down full of thought upon the footboard, and fell asleep.

  • Tiara almost fell, clutching the footboard of the bed for support.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • The mulatto girl had come swiftly to the foot of the bed and was clutching the footboard, her knuckles showing white.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • They complained that some one who didn't ought to, had mounted on the footboard of the carriage.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • He unclosed them languidly, gazed at the footboard of his bed, then, around at the four shabby walls of his room.

    Between Friends Robert W. Chambers
  • "Isn't it funny," mused Gyp as she balanced on the footboard of her bed.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • So that, through reading a specimen or two of me on the footboard, she might form an idea of my merits there.

    Doctor Marigold Charles Dickens
  • You didn't shoot the soldiers who were standing on the footboard, did you?

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • If the footboard was forty feet high they would go over it with a step ladder, and curse every rung of it all the way up.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • He leaped to the ground, and they saw him clambering along the footboard.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for footboard


a treadle or foot-operated lever on a machine
a vertical board at the foot of a bed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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