paperboy

noun
pa·​per·​boy | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbȯi How to pronounce paperboy (audio) \

Definition of paperboy

: a boy who delivers newspapers : newsboy

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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, nola.com, "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 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. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 Compare it to the plight of the newspaper paperboy on his paper route, the iconic part-time job of 20th century teenage boys. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a World War II Training Cartoon Voiced by Mel Blanc," 8 Nov. 2017 At least Frankenstein looked scary; Mr. Zuckerberg looks like my paperboy. WSJ, "The Facebook Issue Is Really Property Rights," 4 Apr. 2018 But detectives had obtained a statement from a local paperboy, 12-year-old Eddie Vernon, who knew the Bridgemans and Jackson. Annie Flanagan, Smithsonian, "After 39 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ricky Jackson Is Finally Free," 29 Jan. 2017 But detectives had obtained a statement from a local paperboy, 12-year-old Eddie Vernon, who knew the Bridgemans and Jackson. Annie Flanagan, Smithsonian, "After 39 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ricky Jackson Is Finally Free," 29 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of paperboy

1876, in the meaning defined above

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paperboy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paperboy

: a boy who delivers newspapers to people's houses

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