office boy

noun

: a boy or man employed for odd jobs in a business office

Examples of office boy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was soon hired by 20th Century Fox as a $38-a-week office boy. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2024 Born in New York on Aug. 11, 1925, Coopersmith worked as an office boy for the Shubert Theatrical Company. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2023 Crutchfield then switched over to MGM as an office boy and then publicist for the studio. Charna Flam, Variety, 24 Apr. 2023 Crutchfield took a job as an office boy at MGM’s publicity department and then graduated to publicist, working on the NBC drama Dr. Kildare and films including The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) and several Glenn Ford movies, including The Rounders (1965). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2023 My fantasy about why the fantasy on screen turned out to be such a disconnected jumble is that an office boy charged with making copies of the script lost half of the pages but didn’t notice because he was consumed by his dreams of becoming a studio chief. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 But after his discharge, a girlfriend told him that The Times was looking to hire an office boy in the photography department for $30 a week. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2023 Born in Queens, N.Y., Maron started as an office boy at MGM and rose to become roadshow manager. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 My first summer job was as an office boy at a Midtown Manhattan brokerage during the 1965 bull market. Mark E. Kingdon, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of office boy was in 1842

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“Office boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/office%20boy. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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