ball boy

noun

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)

First Known Use of ball boy

1903


BALL BOY Defined for English Language Learners

ball boy

noun

Definition of ball boy for English Language Learners

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


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