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

Examples of copyboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The teenager got a job as a copyboy for the AP, performed as a singing waiter, and competed in amateur shows. Charles J. Gans, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2023 Matz started at the News as a copyboy in 1949. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2020 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

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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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“Copyboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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