houseboy

noun
house·​boy | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbȯi How to pronounce houseboy (audio) \

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Examples of houseboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police arrested the only one left alive on the property — a 19-year-old houseboy. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2019 Naomi Campbell was Scarlett O’Hara, Manolo Blahnik was a gardener or barefoot field hand, and John Galliano was a houseboy, photographed scrubbing the floor! André Leon Talley, Vogue, 19 Feb. 2019 In his novel, the winning ticket belongs to a flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel and Ernest becomes her new houseboy. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 1 Sep. 2017 The underage ones, like him, had become bar sweeps or houseboys for Americans, while the older, luckier ones dodged army service, becoming thieves or pimps or rich men’s servants. Megan Mahew Bergman, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2017 The underage ones, like him, had become bar sweeps or houseboys for Americans, while the older, luckier ones dodged army service, becoming thieves or pimps or rich men’s servants. Megan Mahew Bergman, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2017 The underage ones, like him, had become bar sweeps or houseboys for Americans, while the older, luckier ones dodged army service, becoming thieves or pimps or rich men’s servants. Megan Mahew Bergman, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2017 The underage ones, like him, had become bar sweeps or houseboys for Americans, while the older, luckier ones dodged army service, becoming thieves or pimps or rich men’s servants. Megan Mahew Bergman, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2017 The underage ones, like him, had become bar sweeps or houseboys for Americans, while the older, luckier ones dodged army service, becoming thieves or pimps or rich men’s servants. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of houseboy

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of houseboy was in 1793

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“Houseboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houseboy. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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houseboy

noun
house·​boy | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbȯi How to pronounce houseboy (audio) \

Kids Definition of houseboy

: a boy or man hired to do housework

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