"high glass or goblet," 1676, from tall + boy, though the exact signification is unclear. In ref. to a high chest of drawers it is recorded from 1769, here perhaps a partial loan-transl. of Fr. haut bois, lit. "high wood."
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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