choirboy

noun

choir·​boy ˈkwī(-ə)r-ˌbȯi How to pronounce choirboy (audio)
1
: a boy member of a choir
2
: an innocent or virtuous man : altar boy sense 2
They're not thugs, but they're not choirboys either …Phil Taylor

Examples of choirboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See tuxedos where the culottes are actually basketball shorts; choirboy collars as stiff and soaring as those of a high court judge; hammered bronze and silver sequins matched with sweats or T-shirts; and the most dramatic taffeta opera cloaks over ratty old tighty whities. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 The attorney general’s office wrote in its report that Cimino was fired in 1987 from his role as choir director of St. Thomas More in Baltimore after he was accused of molesting a choirboy a decade earlier. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 25 Aug. 2023 In the trial, the prosecution relied on the evidence of a former choirboy, who was then in his 30s and had a young family. Arkansas Online, 12 Jan. 2023 The other choirboy did not make public accusations against Cardinal Pell. Rachel Pannett and Frances Vinall, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2023 The other choirboy did not make public accusations against Pell. Arkansas Online, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of choirboy was in 1837

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“Choirboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choirboy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

choirboy

noun
choir·​boy ˈkwī(-ə)r-ˌbȯi How to pronounce choirboy (audio)
: a boy member of a church choir

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