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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On June 13, 2017, Buckeye police received a call to the Phoenix Children's Hospital about an unresponsive 3-month-old boy, records said. Adrian Marsh, azcentral, "Buckeye police arrest man in 2017 death of 3-month-old son," 10 May 2018 According to DeFoor, the two other children in the home were a 2-year-old boy who was playing in the water of the kitchen sink and a 5-month-old boy who was found strapped into a car seat on the floor. Houston Chronicle, "3-year-old Cleveland girl credited for saving mom’s life by calling 9-1-1," 31 May 2018 The annual inclusion of usual suspects has led many to dismiss Cannes as a perpetual old boys' club, resistant to change. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Spike Lee and David Robert Mitchell films will compete in the most surprising Cannes lineup in years," 12 Apr. 2018 Trae Young was a 10-year-old boy in Oklahoma when the Seattle SuperSonics moved to his backyard. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Star With the Worst Shooting Season in NBA History," 14 Jan. 2019 Detroit police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old boy who died early this morning. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police investigating death of 7-month-old boy," 1 July 2018 The death of a 4-month-old boy Thursday morning is being investigated by Milwaukee police. Mike Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police investigating death of 4-month-old boy," 22 Mar. 2018 Harris, who has sworn off corporate donations, said that the vote was representative of his deep ties to corporate interests and to a kind of old boys club in Delaware and beyond. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delaware Democratic Senate Hopeful Kerri Harris Is a Queer Woman of Color Who Wants Politicians With "Diversity of Experience"," 29 Aug. 2018 The department said Tuesday night one man had died and three, including the 17-month-old boy and a 25-year-old woman, were wounded by gunfire. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Botched drug deal in Gentilly leaves man without cash and car: NOPD," 6 Apr. 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

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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