school·​boy | \ ˈskül-ˌbȯi How to pronounce schoolboy (audio) \

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

Examples of schoolboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even as a schoolboy, Branson had an entrepreneurial zeal, although his first business ventures were a disaster. Rachel Sylvester For The Times, Robb Report, 18 July 2022 Dispatched to the elite Eton College at the age of 13, Johnson the schoolboy learned the unnerving confidence that an expensive and exclusive education buys, an asset which lubricated his passage through life. Rosa Prince, CNN, 7 July 2022 Little Nicholas, France’s quintessential schoolboy, who here meets his makers, Goscinny and Sempé. John Hopewell, Variety, 18 June 2022 His journey from schoolboy to Army officer and champion of the charity trail blazed by his mother is chronicled in the latest issue of PEOPLE Royals. Simon Perry,, 22 June 2022 She was often seen alongside Cheol-su, a cherubic schoolboy with a bowl cut who, in the disturbing world of the show, is sure to be just as bloodthirsty as his partner. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 13 June 2022 As Sam starts digging, we are transported back to 1964, where febrile schoolboy crushes abound and students are enraptured by one particularly charismatic teacher. The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 And then a schoolboy with mean little eyes who tries to cajole her, menacingly, into a game of hide-and-seek. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 20 May 2022 In the big blowout, Lacy scored 74 points, then a Maryland schoolboy record. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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“Schoolboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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school·​boy | \ ˈskül-ˌbȯi How to pronounce schoolboy (audio) \

Kids Definition of schoolboy

: a boy who goes to school


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