footman

[foot-muhn]
noun, plural footmen.
1.
a liveried servant who attends the door or carriage, waits on table, etc.
2.
a metal stand before a fire, to keep something hot.
3.
Archaic. an infantryman.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English fotman. See foot, man1

underfootman, noun, plural underfootmen.
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footman (ˈfʊtmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  a male servant, esp one in livery
2.  a low four-legged metal stand used in a fireplace for utensils, etc
3.  (formerly) a foot soldier
4.  any of several arctiid moths related to the tiger moths, esp the common footman (Eilema lurideola), with yellowish hind wings and brown forewings with a yellow front stripe; they produce woolly bear larvae

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footman
c.1300, foot soldier; late 14c., one who goes on foot; as a personal attendant, originally one who ran before or alongside his masters carriage, announcing its arrival (and keeping it from tipping over). The modern, non-jogging servant sense is from c.1700, though the running footmen still were in service
mid-18c. From foot + man.
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Example sentences
The footman who gathers two or three forks in a bunch will never do it a second time, and keep his place.
His meals were served on a tray, and a footman looked after him.
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