from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A Christmas or New Year's ceremony, in the Isle of Man; one who takes part in the ceremony. See the first extract.
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- noun Manx English The first person one encounters, either after leaving one's home or (sometimes) outside one's home, especially on New Year's Day.
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From Manx qualtagh.
I should be the first-foot here, only I'm no use as a qualtagh.
The Manxman A Novel - 1895 Hall Caine 1892