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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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 Instead, Romero got a job at the Ambassador Hotel as a dishwasher and later a busboy. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Busboy who held dying RFK speaks of lingering pain," 2 June 2018 His limited use of English restricted him to jobs such as a parking lot attendant or busboy, often working two or three at a time, the lawsuit said. Washington Post, "Immigrant says US agents seized life savings at airport," 7 June 2018 Romero was on duty and came into the room with a group of other busboys. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Busboy who held dying RFK speaks of lingering pain," 2 June 2018 Roughly 50 years after the death of Robert F. Kennedy, the busboy who held the dying senator detailed his last words in a Friday report. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Busboy who held dying RFK reveals senator's last words," 1 June 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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The first known use of busboy was in 1901

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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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