old boy


Definition of old boy

1 often capitalized O&B, British : an alumnus especially of a boys' school
2 : a man who is a member of a long-standing and usually influential clique especially in a professional, business, or social sphere

Examples of old boy in a Sentence

The old boy had some trouble getting up the stairs.
Recent Examples on the Web Three staff members at a residential facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, have been charged after a 16-year-old boy was restrained and later went into cardiac arrest and died last year. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Andy McClinton said at an afternoon news briefing that a 16-year-old boy was arrested Monday night in connection with Moore's death. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 14 Sep. 2021 Investigators learned that a 16-year-old boy crushed up and smoked a counterfeit narcotic pill, which Giaime said the boy and his friends believed contained fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2021 On Tuesday, four more people were killed and three others wounded in shootings, including a 16-year-old boy who was fatally shot in the head while walking near a sidewalk at 7:20 p.m., according to police. Fox News, 18 Aug. 2021 Part of what happened Saturday – difficulty with location data – was similar to what happened in the death of Kyle Plush, a 16-year-old boy who became trapped under a minivan seat in 2018 and died. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2021 The other 16-year-old boy was shot once in the right leg. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, 12 Aug. 2021 On Tuesday, with a heat index that rose as high as 108 degrees, a 16-year-old boy collapsed and died during his first day of practice with a high school football team in Omaha, WOWT reported. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 Police initially began an investigation on Aug. 4 when a 16-year-old boy reported Navarrete allegedly molested him on multiple occasions for several years. Monica D. Spencer, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of old boy

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2021

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“Old boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20boy. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of old boy

: a person who went to a respected or well-known private school for boys
: an old man


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