copy·​boy ˈkä-pē-ˌbȯi How to pronounce copyboy (audio)
: one who carries copy and runs errands (as in a newspaper office)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Born in Massachusetts in 1912, Fuller called New York home by age 12 and fell hard for tabloid journalism—first as a copyboy, then as a cartoonist and crime reporter. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 27 July 2022 My becoming a copyboy was really my father's doing. CBS News, 6 Jan. 2022 In 1973, according to local LGBTQ historian Dave Hayward and others, the Journal fired Charlie St. John, a copyboy and member of the GLF, for putting flyers into newsroom mailboxes advertising the pride parade. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 24 June 2021 Jennings worked at The Chronicle from the late 1960s, when he was hired as a copyboy, through the 1970s, leaving the paper in 1980, reports C.N. a.k.a. Leah Garchik,, 10 June 2019 One man, who was a copyboy in the prime of Duffy Jennings, said he had just applied for his Medicare card. Leah Garchik,, 10 June 2019 While still in college, DeLisle was hired by the late Neal Shine as a copyboy at the Free Press. Tim Kiska, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2018 DeLisle was the copyboy on duty the morning of July 23, 1967. Tim Kiska, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2018 Dik Browne, after a year studying art at Cooper Union, had gone to work for the New York Journal-American as a copyboy. Cullen Murphy, Vanities, 9 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copyboy was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Copyboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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