firstfoot

noun
plural -s

Definition of firstfoot 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 British : the first person entering a house on New Year's day, such a person being popularly believed to bring good luck to the household if brunet and bad luck if blond

2 British : the first person met on the way to a special event (such as a christening or wedding)

firstfoot

verb
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Definition of firstfoot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

British

: to enter (a household) as a firstfoot

intransitive verb

1 British : to be a firstfoot usually used with it

2 British : to go about to various houses intending to be firstfoot

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First Known Use of firstfoot

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1829, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for firstfoot

Noun

first entry 1 + foot

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