- a male servant who assists the butler in a large household
- Archaic a foot soldier; infantryman
Origin of footmanorigin, originally , a man who ran on foot beside his master's horse or carriage
- A man employed as a servant to wait at table, attend the door, and run various errands, as in a palace.
- Archaic a. A foot soldier; an infantryman.b. One who travels on foot; a pedestrian.
- (archaic) A soldier who marches and fights on foot; a foot soldier.
- A man in waiting; a male servant whose duties are to attend the door, the carriage, the table, etc.
- (historical) A servant who runs in front of his master's carriage.
- A metallic stand with four feet, for keeping anything warm before a fire.
- (zoology) A moth of the family Lithosidae; -- so called from its livery-like colors.
Middle English footman, fotman, foteman (“foot soldier, running footman”)