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 men who died were a guest and a busboy in a Japanese restaurant housed in the building on Second Avenue owned by Hrynenko. Washington Post, "3 people get prison for Manhattan explosion that killed 2," 17 Jan. 2020 How a kitchen accident created the butterscotch pie This particular location did employ busboys, a cashier and attendants. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Automats were like restaurant-sized vending machines. Mass Ave. had one.," 16 Jan. 2020 Later, as the two stood near the piano player in the bar, Spacey reached over and began to rub the busboy's thigh, the complaint states. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Charges against Kevin Spacey dropped after alleged victim pleads the 5th," 17 July 2019 The shortage of housekeepers, busboys, dishwashers and other workers in the region’s hospitality industry was cited in a recent report by the Council of Economic Advisors, a group of top executives from the region. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "As South Florida tourist season nears, hospitality workers are in short supply," 19 Sep. 2019 Rivertail, located on the New River in the space formerly occupied by Briny Riverfront Pub, is hiring for front and back of house positions including managers, servers, bartenders, food runners, busboys, chefs, food prep and dishwashers. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Two job fairs set for Jose Mendin’s Rivertail restaurant in Fort Lauderdale," 30 Sep. 2019 John Harbaugh is excellent and Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens is a busboy at Applebee’s. Joey Morona, cleveland, "FS1′s Colin Cowherd says thinking Browns would be good was his ‘worst football take ever’," 4 Nov. 2019 While Satire was Contos’ first business after immigrating from Greece in 1956 and working his way up from a busboy and dishwasher, the 24-hour diner next door later became a hub for his growing family business. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "These classic Denver restaurants never get old, even after decades in business," 23 Oct. 2019 Spacey was also accused of groping a busboy at a restaurant in Nantucket in 2016. NBC News, "Massage therapist who accused Kevin Spacey of groping dies," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of busboy was in 1901

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16 Feb 2020

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“Busboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busboy. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of busboy

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


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Kids Definition of busboy

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

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