busboy

noun
bus·​boy | \ ˈbəs-ˌbȯi How to pronounce busboy (audio) \

Definition of busboy

: a waiter's assistant specifically : one who removes dirty dishes and resets tables in a restaurant

Examples of busboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His early jobs included busboy at a seafood restaurant. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor, a Business Maverick, Was Tormented by Tinnitus After Covid-19," 24 Mar. 2021 Rosas started at the restaurant as a busboy in the late 1970s and quickly learned to tend bar, reveling in the customers, the atmosphere and the regulars who came in to ask for him. Los Angeles Times, "Lifers: How the people who serve you survived the last year," 17 Mar. 2021 Since lockdowns began one year ago Tornabene, 50, has cut Nino’s staff from six servers and three busboys to a skeleton crew that includes his wife Mary, who’s the cashier, and 21-year-old son Angelo, a busboy. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Gift cards galore: Eight South Florida restaurants earn $163,000 in surprise windfall," 5 Mar. 2021 The academy, the busboy and Carpentieri’s boss denied her allegations in a court filing. chicagotribune.com, "L.A.’s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racism," 6 Dec. 2020 The academy, the busboy and Carpentieri’s boss denied her allegations in a court filing. chicagotribune.com, "L.A.’s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racism," 6 Dec. 2020 Stephens' younger brother Jack worked several summers at the Barlow Hotel as a busboy. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "A place called Hope," 10 Jan. 2021 The academy, the busboy and Carpentieri’s boss denied her allegations in a court filing. chicagotribune.com, "L.A.’s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racism," 6 Dec. 2020 The academy, the busboy and Carpentieri’s boss denied her allegations in a court filing. chicagotribune.com, "L.A.’s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racism," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of busboy

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for busboy

omnibus busboy

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7 Apr 2021

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“Busboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busboy. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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busboy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of busboy

: a man or boy whose job is to remove dirty dishes, clean tables, etc., at a restaurant

busboy

noun
bus·​boy | \ ˈbəs-ˌbȯi How to pronounce busboy (audio) \

Kids Definition of busboy

: a person hired by a restaurant to clear and set tables

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