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

This 6-year-old boy's ultimate birthday wish is apparently to serve others. Fox News, "Boy, 6, uses money saved for Disney World trip to help Hurricane Dorian evacuees in South Carolina," 4 Sep. 2019 With the two older boys at college, they had already downsized, moving with Ryan to Irvine and renting out their home. Los Angeles Times, "Tyler Hilinski’s family rebuilds their lives around youngest son’s football dreams," 30 Aug. 2019 The 19-month-old boy was tuning blue and cold to the touch when officers arrived, according to a social media post from the department. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Watch: CPR training pays off for Kentucky police during crisis situation," 28 Aug. 2019 The older boy’s mother claimed race was a factor in the investigation. BostonGlobe.com, "Charge dropped against 10-year-old boy in playground injury," 31 July 2019 The 12-year-old boy feared for his safety after the older boy bullied him, the suit claimed. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Florida family says lax supervision led to assault at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy. Now they're suing.," 16 July 2019 Last month, a Dayton area transit bus driver spotted a 4-year old boy running in the street and called police after getting the child on board. NBC News, "Milwaukee bus drivers rescued two lost kids on same day; experts say public bus drivers are community watchdogs," 1 Aug. 2019 The Santa Clara County medical examiner identified the 6-year-old boy as Stephen Romero and the 13-year-old girl as Keyla Salazar, of San Jose. Josh Koehn, SFChronicle.com, "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: What we know right now," 29 July 2019 Detectives have released a sketch of a suspect who attempted to kidnap a 4-year-old boy from a family gathering in Aloha last month. oregonlive.com, "Investigators release sketch of suspect in Aloha attempted kidnapping," 17 July 2019

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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

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

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