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 An owner ran to scoop an errant poop from the artificial turf with the intensity of a US Open ball boy. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 Queen Camilla, who celebrated her 76th birthday on Monday, also met with the some of the ball boys and girls during her visit to Wimbledon last week. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023 Taylor, a junior defensive end, linebacker and tight end, served as a ball boy and water boy growing up. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 The ball boys had to chase down the actual Cowboys-decal ball used by the offense to give to Turpin for safe-keeping. Kristi Scales, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2023 Brown was a ball boy for the 2017 team that went undefeated and won a state championship. The Indianapolis Star, 8 Sep. 2023 In fourth grade, Goyeneche was the St. Bonaventure ball boy. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 And a ball boy provided further evidence by briefly interviewing Tatum before any of us reporters had a chance. Adam Himmelsbach,, 28 May 2023 When meeting staff, volunteers, ball boys and girls and others before the start of the match, their sunglasses were nowhere in sight. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ball boy was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Ball boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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