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day boy

noun, Chiefly British
a male boarding-school student who lives at home.
Origin of day boy
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I don't like being branded as the day-boy's foe, when I think how much I would have given to be a day-boy myself.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Picture the day-boy's life—at home for meals, at home for preparation, at home for sleep, running home with every fancied wrong.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • It was only last term that the first day-boy was admitted into Mr. West's establishment.

    Jack of Both Sides Florence Coombe
  • He, too, was a day-boy, whose people lived in a suburb of the town which lay upon my road.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • My father had striven his utmost to get me taken as a day-boy, or at any rate to be allowed to keep a book against the Muses.

  • Of Valpy my father would tell how once he had flogged a day-boy, whose father came the next day to complain of his severity.

    Two Suffolk Friends Francis Hindes Groome
  • Into the story at this point comes the narrative of Charles Mereweather Cook, aged fourteen, a day-boy.

    The Gold Bat P. G. Wodehouse
  • He had bought it because he wished to educate his only son at Harrow as a "Home-Boarder," or day-boy.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Freedham, quite recovered, returned to his day-boy roof among the endless roofs of Kensingtowe Town.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • “I wonder where the day-boy cads go for their tucks,” said Trimble in an audible voice, evidently intended for the opposition.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed

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