choirboy

noun
choir·​boy | \ ˈkwī(-ə)r-ˌbȯi How to pronounce choirboy (audio) \

Definition of choirboy

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 With his sterling reputation as a local athlete, choirboy, Boy Scout and honor student with no prior arrests, Mr. Artis also drew the support of celebrities, journalists, civil liberties figures and others. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Nas paced around the vocal booth listening to the playback, holding his hands together in front of himself like a choirboy. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Quindon Tarver, a McKinney native who appeared as a choirboy in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and on seasons two and seven of American Idol, has died. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2021 With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 12 Oct. 2020 The second choirboy died from an accidental overdose after years of drug abuse. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 17 Sep. 2019 He had been accused of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys after Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996. Nr Editors, National Review, 16 Apr. 2020 Almost 10 years earlier, in 1994, Van Handel had pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious behavior with a 14-year-old choirboy and gone to prison. USA Today, 12 Nov. 2019 Christopher Smith’s photographs are technically self-portraits, though each evokes someone else: a sullen detective, a naked gladiator, a flapper, an inmate, a sword swallower, a cowboy, a choirboy, a corpse. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 18 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of choirboy

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Choirboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choirboy. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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