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

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Holden starts as a textbook Groff character: neat, bookish, pretty, an F.B.I. choirboy who becomes a teacher and researcher after a hostage situation goes wrong. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Before Jonathan Groff Could Nail Mindhunter, He Had to Stop Smiling," 14 June 2018 Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Justice Department Watchdog: McCabe Misled Investigators," 13 Apr. 2018 Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. Matt Zapotosky, BostonGlobe.com, "McCabe launches GoFundMe to raise money for legal costs," 29 Mar. 2018 Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. Laura Jarrett, Manu Raju And Clare Foran, CNN, "Legal defense fund site set up for former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe," 29 Mar. 2018 Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "McCabe launches GoFundMe to raise money for legal costs," 29 Mar. 2018 Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Andrew McCabe speaks out in op-ed after firing," 24 Mar. 2018 Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. Jeff Darcy, cleveland.com, "Facebook allows users to be used: Darcy cartoon," 21 Mar. 2018 Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Late night roasts 'idiot' Trump over tweets about Andrew McCabe, Robert Mueller," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of choirboy

1837, in the meaning defined above

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choirboy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of choirboy

: a boy who is a member of a church choir

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