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 The narrator, who works as a busboy and half-heartedly attends his literature classes, has too little happening in his life to decline. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 A week before Christmas, Skylar Peak, a busboy at ZiZi, a Mediterranean restaurant in Chelsea, learned in a text message from his manager that a co-worker had tested positive for the coronavirus. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 That job was cut short when the owner was investigated for fraud, but Ginsberg found new ones as a busboy, food runner and server. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2021 Starting out as a teenage busboy and performer in the Catskills, the Brooklyn native went on to create an unmatched brand of comedy that blended cutting social commentary, satire, broad and bawdy humor, and Borscht Belt shtick. Mel Brooks, Vulture, 18 Nov. 2021 The bartender, mixologist, operations expert and author began his career as a busboy and barback. Cindy Kent, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Sep. 2021 He was cast as a busboy who disrupts the thieves’ plan by getting into an argument with a co-worker about weed. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 3 Sep. 2021 Twenty-something Dillon (Lukas Gage) reports to Armond, as does Lani (Jolene Purdy), a trainee who is secretly pregnant, and Kai (Kekoa Scott Kekumano), a busboy who hooks up with Paula. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 8 Aug. 2021 Ten years after starting as a busboy, Rusvelt Crespo now waits on customers at Roberto’s, a beloved Italian restaurant in the Belmont section of the Bronx. New York Times, 20 July 2021 See More

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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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“Busboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busboy. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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