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 This complaint only seemed to annoy Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who promptly set Wall straight as an errant schoolboy. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court desperately seeks a “limiting principle” in Trump tax cases," 12 May 2020 The schoolboy, an Aboriginal Australian who was born with achondroplasia, a genetic order that results in dwarfism, was asked to join the rugby stars after a video of him in deep distress went viral on social media. NBC News, "Bullied Quaden Bayles has 'best day of his life' as he leads out rugby team, mom says," 21 Feb. 2020 In November, there was a public outcry over a video that went viral showing three Egyptian teenagers bullying a schoolboy from South Sudan. Washington Post, "Fleeing war, poverty, African migrants face racism in Egypt," 2 Jan. 2020 The piece features two black schoolboys, one of whom has a disturbingly distended belly. Los Angeles Times, "Black masculinity and an artist’s exploration of desire, intimacy and queerness," 16 Oct. 2019 But how come assaulting a schoolboy ref was never a crime, and still isn’t unless and until the law passes? Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's The Morning Line: How was assaulting a referee ever acceptable?," 24 Feb. 2020 Designed by a schoolboy in a 1916 contest, Mr. Peanut—with his trademark monocle, top hat and cane—has been one of the most esteemed mascots in history, even appearing in a World War I poster produced by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "If Mr. Peanut Has to Go, Why Does the Gecko Get to Live?," 31 Jan. 2020 Places such as Tabasco state, where in the 1960s a schoolboy named Andrés Manuel López Obrador played center field on the local baseball team. Washington Post, "AMLO, the World Series-watching president, wants to Make Mexican Baseball Great Again," 24 Oct. 2019 Error 0: An Iranian schoolboy scours a neighboring village for a classmate's home to return an important notebook. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Jan. 17-23," 16 Jan. 2020

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolboy

: a boy who goes to a school


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

Kids Definition of schoolboy

: a boy who goes to school

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