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 Two children in the back seat of the Toyota, an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover, according to the statement. Washington Post, "Virginia man charged with manslaughter after woman killed in crash," 22 Oct. 2020 The victim of a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon appears to be a 16-year-old boy, Milwaukee police said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In separate Milwaukee shootings, one teen killed and two 17-year-olds injured," 20 Oct. 2020 Surveillance footage showed Simmons climbing through the window and running to the car where a 6-year-old boy was in the rear seat. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "A Chick-fil-A employee saved a boy from choking in the drive-thru line," 16 Oct. 2020 The 16-year-old boy’s March 2019 abuse of the the 3-week-old girl was caught on camera in an Ocala-area foster home, the USA Today report says. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Teen raped newborn girl in Central Florida foster home, lawsuit says," 15 Oct. 2020 Warren police brought in a person of interest as a result of a search Friday in West Bloomfield in connection with a double homicide in which a 6-year-old boy and a woman were shot execution-style. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Person of interest in double homicide at Warren police headquarters," 9 Oct. 2020 One sample came from the home of Josiah McIntyre, the 6-year-old boy whom doctors said died last month after being infected with the brain-eating parasite, city officials said. CBS News, "Tap water now safe to drink in Texas city where boy died from brain-eating amoeba," 7 Oct. 2020 The victim is a 4-year-old boy who authorities say Jordan assaulted with a belt and a tape. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Montgomery grandmother charged with felony child abuse," 1 Oct. 2020 Salt Lake City police on Monday released body camera footage showing an officer shooting and injuring a 13-year-old boy who has autism. The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘Behind the Headlines:’ Recap a busy news week with The Tribune and KCPW," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of old boy

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Oct 2020

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“Old boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20boy. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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