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

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Spacey is currently being tried on charges of indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping an 18-year-old busboy in July 2016 at the Club Car bar on the island of Nantucket. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Judi Dench says work of Weinstein and Spacey should not be forgotten," 25 June 2019 Spacey is already facing a criminal charge of indecent assault over the incident that allegedly happened in July 2016 when the accuser was an 18-year-old busboy at a bar in Massachusetts. CNN, "Kevin Spacey is sued over alleged groping of a busboy in a new twist in case against him," 28 June 2019 The statute of limitations to file a civil suit runs out next month, three years after Spacey's then-18-year-old accuser said the Oscar-winner got him drunk and groped him at Club Car, where he was employed as a busboy. CBS News, "Man sues Kevin Spacey over alleged groping incident at Nantucket bar," 27 June 2019 The two-time Oscar winner allegedly plied the man, then 18, with drinks after the man’s shift as a busboy at the bar ended. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Key cellphone is missing in Kevin Spacey sex assault case, lawyer says," 19 June 2019 After tips, most front line workers pocket more than the busboys, dishwashers and line cooks in the back of the house, cementing inequity. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Tipping the pay scales: Initiative 77 could dramatically alter D.C. restaurant culture," 16 June 2018 There is another one, of course, a final one: lying on the kitchen floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, a busboy cradling his head. Tim Arango, New York Times, "A Campaign, a Murder, a Legacy: Robert F. Kennedy’s California Story," 5 June 2018 Finally there is Juan Romero, an old man today, who as a young busboy cradled Kennedy’s head in his hands after he was shot and gave Bobby a rosary from his pocket. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Column: RFK documentary strikes at core of Baby Boomers' loss of innocence," 9 May 2018 Garcia has worked at the wartime factory-themed bar, owned by Los Angeles bar veterans Mark and Jonnie Houston, who also own the bar La Descarga, as a cleaner, then a busboy and a barback over a seven-year period. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "A new Spanish manual could break the language barrier between being a barback or a bartender," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of busboy

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


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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