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  • n. Plural form of footboy.


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  • Here a mob of armed servants, of lacqueys, and footboys, some bearing torches, and some carrying their masters 'cloaks and _galoshes_, loitered to and fro.

    Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France

  • These gentlemen, in the stage entertainments of London, behave much like our footboys, in those at a fair.

    An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Volume I

  • There was an absolute end, indeed, of that industry; the established actors had no more apprentices, now to serve as their footboys and pages, and now as heroines of tragedy and comedy.

    A Book of the Play Studies and Illustrations of Histrionic Story, Life, and Character

  • The footboys, Mick Kelly and Tim Daley, were habited in new liveries, of the same colour as Dan's, and stood behind the coach, in which were ensconced my mother, two sisters, and the happy bridegroom.

    Paddy Finn

  • It would be endless to repeat a hundred other hardships he hath put upon me; but it is a general rule, that whenever he imagines the smallest advantage will redound to one of his footboys by any new oppression of me and my whole family and estate, he never disputeth it a moment.

    The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. - Volume 07 Historical and Political Tracts-Irish

  • I promised to do, and buying a little band of her, which I intend to keep to, I took leave, there coming a couple of footboys to her with a coach to fetch her abroad I know not to whom.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • It was brought to that pass, that two footboys, boxing one day in the Palace-yard, he that was beaten proved to belong to a member, and told the other boy, if he knew his master, he would cause him to be sent for in custody, for keeping such a rogue as he was, that had committed a breach of privilege in beating a member's servant.

    The works of John Dryden, $c now first collected in eighteen volumes. $p Volume 07

  • But then again, perhaps they are angry due to a lack of footboys and pedicure buddies hanging around.


  • a great many nobles richly dressed, and proudly attended with a multitude of guards and footboys, thought every one had been the king, till he was brought to Croesus, who was decked with every possible rarity and curiosity, in ornaments of jewels, purple, and gold, that could make a grand and gorgeous spectacle of him.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • 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.

    Little Dorrit


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