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[pohst-boi] /ˈpoʊstˌbɔɪ/
(formerly) a boy or man who rode post or carried mail.
a postilion.
Origin of postboy
1580-90; post3 + boy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Whilst they sate at that meal, the postboy's twanging horn was heard, as he trotted into the village with his letter-bag.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • She was followed by Mr. and Mrs. Low, as soon as the postboy could let down the steps.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • The postboy obeyed the lady, who had already got in the berlin, as were called such carriages.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • I came up with the postboy, and took his letters to save him a couple of miles.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • At the station of Sveen, where we changed horse and postboy again, it was already evening.

    Fisherman's Luck Henry van Dyke
  • Your postboy will tell you, Sir; this case is of much more moment to me.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • There stands the postboy, an important individual of the great family of the riders.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • "See to the things, both of you," said Richard, as he paid the postboy.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Then, disguising himself as a postboy, he arrived at the coast without being found out.

  • "Master," cried the postboy, who was waiting with the chaise.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for postboy


a man or boy who brings the post round to offices
another name for postilion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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