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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfʊtə(ɹ)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: foot‧er
  • Rhymes: -ʊtə(ɹ)

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English footer, equivalent to foot +‎ -er.

Noun edit

footer (plural footers)

  1. (archaic) A footgoer; pedestrian
  2. (computing) A line of information printed at the bottom of a page to identify the contents or number pages. (Compare foot in printing.)
  3. (in combination) Something that measures a stated number of feet in some dimension.
    The new boat is a six-footer.
  4. (in combination) Someone who has a preference for using a certain foot.
Antonyms edit
  • (antonym(s) of computing sense): header
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Descendants edit
  • Malay: pengaki (calque)
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Etymology 2 edit

From football +‎ -er (Oxford -er).

Noun edit

footer (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly British, slang) Football / soccer.

Etymology 3 edit

18th century. From fouter, foutre (valueless thing), possibly from French foutre (to lecher), from Latin futuere, present active infinitive of futuō (I fuck). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (to hit).[etym3 1][etym3 2]

Verb edit

footer (third-person singular simple present footers, present participle footering, simple past and past participle footered)

  1. (Ireland and Scotland, slang) To meddle with or pass time without accomplishing anything meaningful.
    Synonyms: fidget, fuss, trifle; see also Thesaurus:loiter
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References edit

  1. ^ footer”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022. "Mid 18th century: variant of obsolete foutre ‘valueless thing, contemptible person’, from Old French."
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “footle”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, retrieved 12 June 2017.:
    Footle (v) [...] from dialectal footer "to trifle," footy "mean, paltry" (1752), perhaps from French se foutre "to care nothing," from Old French futer "to copulate with," from Latin futuere "have sex with (a woman)," originally "to strike, thrust" (which is perhaps from PIE root *bhau- "to strike").

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