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[skool-boi] /ˈskulˌbɔɪ/
a boy attending school.
Origin of schoolboy
1580-90; school1 + boy
Related forms
schoolboyish, adjective Unabridged
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  • I have followed closely these schoolboy competitions, and in my heart think they are really a mistake.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • The Corsicans speak Italian, and this would never do for a French schoolboy.

  • The Latin-speaking schoolboy had to learn them in much the same fashion as did the English schoolboy of the nineteenth century.

  • "Ask her," said Vernon, feeling like a schoolboy in an examination.

  • If there is a schoolboy present he will be sure to tell you that there is nothing in that; anybody can do it.

    Water Wizardry Arthur Ainslie
British Dictionary definitions for schoolboy


a child attending school Gender-neutral form pupil, schoolchild
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Word Origin and History for schoolboy

1580s, from school (n.1) + boy. As an adjective from 1874. Related: Schoolboyish.

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