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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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Examples from the web for schoolboy
  • But he really gets in gear playing hide-and-seek with a schoolboy.
  • He's thoughtful, with schoolboy eyes that look eager for trouble.
  • It is unfortunate that this topic of debate is so frequently dismissed with flawed schoolboy arguments.
  • So every schoolboy can see which way the external winds are blowing.
  • Once as a schoolboy he refused to run in a cross-country race because he thought running was beneath his dignity.
  • As any schoolboy could tell you, winning fights enhances your status.
  • He looks into the camera with the contempt and beauty of a schoolboy who knows he can get away with anything.
  • But this is a schoolboy memoir, not a comprehensive history of the era.
  • The navy gained great popular support and every schoolboy knew the names and specifications of the major ships of the line.
  • His experiences as a schoolboy there were instrumental in his later work.
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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