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.

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Shortly after, the officer was rushing to a Florida hospital with the 3-month-old boy in his arms. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Florida deputy saves unresponsive baby's life," 11 May 2018 Paul is a boy who might have fallen under the influence of an older boy but who now has matured beyond that. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Paul Henry Gingerich: Another birthday for a boy in prison," 17 Feb. 2015 An Yuba City 11-month-old boy went missing Wednesday night after his mother took him from the hospital during medical treatment, police say. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Police searching for Yuba City children and mom after infant tested positive for drugs," 5 July 2018 With their options running out, a desperate family is asking the world to help their 16-month-old boy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Boy's Rare Condition Stops Him From Eating, But You Can Help," 1 Dec. 2016 The four children included three girls aged 6, 7 and 10, and a 14-year-old boy. Jewish Journal, "IDF grants entry to Syrian adults, orphans for medical aid," 3 July 2018 Police in western New York are searching for a missing 14-month-old boy whose mother’s dead body was found in the woods, stuffed in a plastic bag. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "AMBER Alert Issued for New York Toddler After Mom's Body Found Stuffed in Bag in Woods," 26 May 2018 New Orleans Police are investigating a shooting at a Gentilly high school Monday (Jan. 22) that left one 14-year-old boy injured with a graze wound. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "14-year-old suffers graze wound in shooting at The NET Charter High School: NOPD," 22 Jan. 2018 After learning about separated migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, one 6-year-old boy from Atlanta wanted his family to help. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Atlanta 6-year-old with lemonade stand raises $13,000 for separated migrant families," 27 June 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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