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[hahy-boi] /ˈhaɪˌbɔɪ/
noun, U.S. Furniture.
a tall chest of drawers on legs, usually in two sections set one on top of the other.
Compare tallboy, lowboy.
Also called high chest.
1890-95;high + boy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for highboy


(US & Canadian) a tall chest of drawers in two sections, the lower section being a lowboy Brit equivalent tallboy
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Word Origin and History for highboy

"tall chest of drawers," 1891, American English (cf. tallboy); a hybrid, the second element is from French bois "wood" (see bush).

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Encyclopedia Article for highboy

a high or double chest of drawers (known technically as a chest-on-stand and a chest-on-chest, respectively). The name highboy is derived from a corruption of the French bois ("wood") and became common in English in the late 1600s.

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