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[nooz-boi, nyooz-] /ˈnuzˌbɔɪ, ˈnyuz-/
a person, typically a boy, who sells or delivers newspapers.
Origin of newsboy
1755-65; news + boy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When they robbed a train they let the newsboy alone for fear he would get the drop on them.

  • A newsboy going down Whitehall was calling an evening paper.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "One of the city newspapers ought to hire him for a newsboy," remarked Mr. Jones, acridly.

  • Then, as he hastened toward a telephone-booth, he ran into a newsboy.

  • When she was dressed for the street, Rose would hardly have been taken for the sister of a newsboy.

    Rufus and Rose Horatio Alger, Jr
  • The shrill jeer of a newsboy broke in upon his pathetic speech.

  • "A book or some candy from the newsboy," repeated the little girl.

  • On the way, I intrusted a newsboy with an English shilling to go and get me change.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • No newsboy to bother one with stale gum, rank cigars, ancient caramels and soiled novels; nothing but solid comfort.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for newsboy


a boy who sells or delivers newspapers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for newsboy

also news-boy, 1764, from news (n.) + boy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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