school·boy | \ˈskül-ˌbȯi \

Definition of schoolboy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a boy attending school



Definition of schoolboy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a schoolboy schoolboy pranks

2 : of, relating to, or being a sport for high school or prep school boys also : being one who participates in such sports

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But nostalgia is leading those who are neither sailors nor schoolboys back to the style. Steve Garbarino, WSJ, "Why City Slickers Should Consider This Classic Rain Gear," 17 Apr. 2018 The lyrics are based on this schoolboy crush on this girl at school. Gary Trust, Billboard, "This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Katy Perry 'Kissed a Girl' & Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100," 2 July 2018 There were nods in the latter direction: the kitchen sink and minifridge; the tiny bathroom; a wooden schoolboy’s desk, facing a blank wall in the corner, where Murnane writes. Mark Binelli, New York Times, "Is the Next Nobel Laureate in Literature Tending Bar in a Dusty Australian Town?," 27 Mar. 2018 When presented with chances, England all too often swiped at the ball like over-eager schoolboys, rather than technically proficient international stars. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England breathes sigh of relief after uninspired win against lowly Tunisia," 18 June 2018 In late March, when Mr. Kim went by train to China to improve ties with its leader Mr. Xi, a linchpin for sanctions enforcement, Mr. Kim was filmed taking notes like a schoolboy as the older man lectured. John Lyons, WSJ, "From ‘Punk Kid’ to 21st Century Tyrant: Kim Jong Un Seizes His Moment," 8 June 2018 The schoolboy in the library wouldn’t have it any other way. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From a book in a Mequon school library to pit road at the Indianapolis 500," 25 May 2018 Calhoun was an Arizona schoolboy who lugged his glove to Cactus League games and asked players to sign it. Bill Shaikin,, "Angels reflect on the awe-inspiring career of Ichiro Suzuki," 4 May 2018 The Reds took the lead once again as some schoolboy defending from Roma allowed Georginio Wijnaldum to head the ball into goal., "Roma 4-2 Liverpool: Reds Survive Rome Scare to Reach UCL Final Despite Dramatic Loss," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of schoolboy


1588, in the meaning defined above


1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolboy

: a boy who goes to a school


school·boy | \ˈskül-ˌbȯi \

Kids Definition of schoolboy

: a boy who goes to school

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