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Definition of paperboy

: a boy who delivers newspapers : newsboy

Examples of paperboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book is a dramatized tale about a paperboy who uses simple principles to create his own business step-by-step. Rolling Stone, 25 May 2021 Hazelwood took great pride in his role as the paperboy who grew up to own the historic venue. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2021 Dondero worked in the city, including as a Chronicle paperboy, and later moved to Marin County and then Sun Valley, Idaho. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2021 Fortunately for the paperboy, the Z-car would get quicker and safer in only a few years. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 15 Sep. 2020 The first kid who approaches the 240Z is wearing similar clothes to the paperboy from the 280ZX commercial. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 15 Sep. 2020 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, 1 July 2020 A few years later, the milk carton campaign began after the disappearance of two Iowa paperboys. Megan Abbott, New York Times, 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, 24 May 2020

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First Known Use of paperboy

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paperboy was in 1876

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“Paperboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paperboy

: a boy who delivers newspapers to people's houses

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