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

Tuesday’s extraordinary primary day was a wake-up call to the old boys as four Pennsylvania women bested their opponents to run for congressional seats this November, writes columnist Maria Panaritis. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Guilty plea in grisly Bucks murders, botched repairs endanger Philly schools | Morning Newsletter," 17 May 2018 The largest, and probably oldest boy, nervously shook his legs. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "'We give the utmost care': Melania Trump meets Tucson border officials, tours facility," 28 June 2018 Benjamin said with the drowning of 16-year old boy, Angel Sedano of Gurnee, Ill., on Sunday, the number of Great Lakes drownings since 2010 is now 643, almost half of which occur in Lake Michigan. Cain Buchmeier, Post-Tribune, "Lifeguards train to save lives at Indiana Dunes," 7 June 2018 Detroit police have found a 5-year-old boy who went missing early Wednesday morning, local media report. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Missing Detroit boy, 5, found safe on Detroit's east side," 16 May 2018 The parents of a 16-month-old boy who died last year at a Lenexa home day care have filed a wrongful death suit against the day care operator. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Parents sue over death of toddler at Lenexa day care," 2 Apr. 2018 Most of the Turpin children were homeschooled, but one of the older boys was allowed to attend classes at a local college, reports CBS Los Angeles. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "In 911 call after escape, Turpin sibling describes horrific abuse, being "chained up"," 20 June 2018 Most of the Turpin children were homeschooled but one of the older boys was allowed to attend classes at a local college. Amy Taxin And Michael Balsamo, Fox News, "Hearing set for California parents accused of shackling kids," 20 June 2018 One 17-year-old boy was shot in the back last Tuesday morning in the 2500 block of Emerson St., in the city’s Shipley Hill neighborhood, just to the east of the Saint Joseph’s neighborhood. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Three teens were shot in Baltimore on the same day youth rallied against gun violence in Washington," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of old boy

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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