cabin boy


Definition of cabin boy

: a boy working as servant on a ship

Examples of cabin boy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Richardson had been born in London and had gone to sea at the age of 12, at first working as a cabin boy in the British merchant marine, then working his way up the ranks until becoming a captain. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2022 Two stewards and a little cabin boy jumped from a window—saved. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2021 Horn, who ran away from home at 13, was a cabin boy on the ship. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2021 Luckily, a surviving manuscript from the Essex cabin boy, Thomas Nickerson, helps describe what happened next. Cyler Conrad, Scientific American, 27 Nov. 2020 He was cast as a cabin boy, serving a capo, a Jewish prisoner in a low-level administrative position. Neil Genzlinger,, 9 Jan. 2020 The explosion blew Ault into the water, killing him and cabin boy Tony Kolar. John Kelly, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2019 That Saturday night, when the boat was about 30 miles upriver from the city of Wuhu, Meyer was seen by a cabin boy making for the deck. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, 17 Sep. 2018 Unluckily for him, he was captured and made to be a cabin boy on a British ship. Matt Campbell,, 1 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of cabin boy

1670, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cabin boy was in 1670

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21 May 2022

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“Cabin boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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