bat·​boy | \ ˈbat-ˌbȯi How to pronounce batboy (audio) \

Definition of batboy

: a boy employed to look after the equipment (such as bats) of a baseball team

Examples of batboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One even became a Padres batboy, through his high school and college years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Stadium farewell: Readers share their favorite memories," 28 Feb. 2021 Kiké was a batboy and idolized the players, including shortstop Alex Cora. Globe Staff,, "The case for Dustin Pedroia in the Hall of Fame: His backers better prepare for WAR," 6 Feb. 2021 Tank was such a popular batboy for the Sugarland Skeeters, the minor league baseball team honored him with a bobblehead night. John Marshall, ajc, "One Good Thing: Special Olympian spreads message of love," 31 Dec. 2020 Minasian worked his way up from jobs as a batboy and clubhouse attendant into a scouting role for the Rangers, followed by stints as an assistant to manager Buck Showalter. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "AP source: Braves' Minasian is frontrunner to be Angels GM," 12 Nov. 2020 Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall was once a batboy for the Moneyball Oakland A's and a minor league clubhouse manager. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds name general manager Nick Krall as the head of baseball operations," 19 Oct. 2020 Hitters, don’t look for a batboy or batgirl to pick up your bat. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB safety protocols include interesting rules: No licking hands, no spitting, no showers," 26 Mar. 2020 Sorry, there will be no batboys or batgirls to help. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB sends union, players 'daunting' health protocols on how to play game safely in a pandemic," 16 May 2020 Baker is remembered by many Giants fans as the batboy (then 3½ years old) who famously was carried away from home plate by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series. John Shea,, "Coronavirus alters Darren Baker’s dreams of excelling at Cal, being drafted," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of batboy

1897, in the meaning defined above

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14 Mar 2021

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“Batboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of batboy

: a boy who takes care of the bats, balls, and other equipment used by a baseball team

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