ball boy


Definition of ball boy

: a male attendant who retrieves balls for players or officials (as in a tennis match or a baseball or basketball game)

Examples of ball boy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-five years ago, as the 49ers of Steve Young and Jerry Rice steamed to the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl championship, one of the ball boys was an eager, curious 14-year-old named Kyle Shanahan. Ron Kroichick,, "49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan: From ball boy to head coach," 31 Oct. 2019 The ball boys had the toughest job in the stadium tonight. Daniel Boyette, al, "Jordan Scott scores 4 TDs, Athens beats Lee-Huntsville by 50," 25 Oct. 2019 In photos provided by the Astros, the netting will extend down the foul lines to where the ball boys currently sit, just short of the foul poles. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros to extend protective netting at Minute Maid Park," 8 Aug. 2019 That was the unfortunate discovery on one ball boy who attempted to deliver a cup of coffee to the tennis star, and was left awkwardly holding the cup. Melissa Locker, Time, "Confused U.S. Open Ball Boy Awkwardly Tried to Deliver Venus Williams Coffee and We've Been All There," 29 Aug. 2019 On the other hand, the ball boys and girls are a little younger than at the U.S. Open. CBS News, "Chasing the dream," 25 Aug. 2019 The view and also the ball boys would throw us balls and the players would come up and chat. Scott King,, "White Sox first team to use foul pole-to-pole netting," 22 July 2019 Now, Ferreyra has made a public apology to the ball boy claiming the emotion of the game got the better of him., "Shakhtar Donetsk Star Apologises For Controversial Incident During UEFA Champions League Tie," 14 Mar. 2018 The pair spent the day meeting ball boys and girls, lunching at the club, and of course, watching some thrilling tennis matches. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Chose a Casual Blazer and Jeans for a Surprise Appearance at Wimbledon," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of ball boy

1903, in the meaning defined above

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21 Nov 2019

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“Ball boy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of ball boy

: a boy who picks up balls that go out of play during a game in tennis, baseball, etc.

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