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Definition of paperboy

: a boy who delivers newspapers : newsboy

Examples of paperboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Growing up in Detroit, Parker worked as a paperboy in middle school, a drugstore clerk in high school and a mail carrier in college and graduate school. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Dave Parker made his career in the nation’s capital. His passion was the nation’s parks.," 1 July 2020 A few years later, the milk carton campaign began after the disappearance of two Iowa paperboys. Megan Abbott, New York Times, "‘The Streets Look So Empty’: How a Child Killer Haunted My First Novel," 1 May 2020 The 88-year-old had worked as a paperboy as a child, built model airplanes, and graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1950. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Robert Charles Bazzell, retired automotive engineer, died of COVID-19 complications," 24 May 2020 For the next half-century, milk trucks traced the streets of America, bringing fresh bottles to doorsteps daily the same way paperboys delivered newspapers and mail carriers brought letters and packages., "Americans love soda, fancy water and fake milk. Can the dairy industry keep up?," 7 Jan. 2020 In the course of his career, Shemer rose from a paperboy for The Arizona Republic to the co-founder of the multimillion dollar analytics and software company, Teradata. Katelyn Reinhart, azcentral, "Computer innovator Jack Shemer's life to be celebrated at Shemer Art Center," 28 Jan. 2020 At age 12, Makkos took his first job as a paperboy with The Plain Dealer in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents operated an antiques store. Laura Testino,, "New Orleans collector preserves decades of the city’s newspapers," 26 June 2019 The paperboy must have missed the driveway that day. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Classy Warriors go old school to congratulate Raptors on NBA championship," 17 June 2019 His father was a white-collar office worker, and Beierle earned badges as a Boy Scout, worked as a paperboy, served as an acolyte in his Methodist church and was elected vice president of the Vestal High Class of 1997. Washington Post, "He always hated women.," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of paperboy

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Paperboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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: a boy who delivers newspapers to people's houses

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