Definition of first-foot in English:

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[with object]
Be the first person to cross the threshold of the house of (someone) in the New Year, in accordance with a Scottish custom: they set out to first-foot their neighbours
More example sentences
  • It's February, and I've still not been first-footed from New Year yet.
  • But while these special editions are enjoyable in their own right, if you're expecting to be first-footed by a whisky connoisseur, it might be good idea to have a decent bottle of the straightforward stuff to hand.
  • Because the parents are involved, you feel you should offer out nips along with the sweeties… it's like being first-footed by the Addams Family.


The first person to cross a householder’s threshold in the New Year.
Example sentences
  • At every door in the street there is a shivering first-foot whose task, once the bells have chimed, is to enter and prevent the family from being prisoners in their own home.



Example sentences
  • You sit in the dark hoping to avoid carol singers and first-footers.
  • It's a little way into this year of 2001 but I thought we'd best play safe and have a first-footer, or first guest of the year, from Scotland.

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