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[buhs-boi] /ˈbʌsˌbɔɪ/
a waiter's helper in a restaurant or other public dining room.
Also, bus boy.
Origin of busboy
1910-15, Americanism; bus- short for omnibus waiter's helper (see omnibus) + boy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for busboy
  • He dug ditches at a construction company owned by a friend's family and worked as a restaurant busboy.
  • The busboy was almost angelic in that white service coat, his eyes drained of innocence, the background a dark blur.
  • He evaluated the restaurants from the owner down to the busboy and pulled no punches about what was wrong and what was right.
  • Every waiter and busboy and reveler has left the hotel nightclub, but the balloons and the confetti remain.
  • Voluntary sharing of tips by a waiter with a busboy or similar employee is also permissible.
  • He has an employment history as a painter, carpenter, and restaurant busboy and waiter.
  • Before working as an injection molder claimant was employed for several years as a busboy.
  • Another individual worked as a busboy through a high school-based program.
Word Origin and History for busboy

also bus-boy, 1913, from bus (v.) in the restaurant sense + boy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for busboy



A person who clears dirty dishes and tableware from restaurant tables: Talking very tough to a bus boy (1913+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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