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

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The bespectacled mayor reads the Koran, fasts during Ramadan, and has the looks and demeanour of an overgrown schoolboy. The Economist, "Turkey’s president fails to see off his most powerful rival yet," 28 June 2019 These French men and women — booksellers, farmers, schoolboys, housewives — show that courage can come from unexpected places. Sonia Purnell, Twin Cities, "Sonia Purnell: What D-Day teaches us about the difficulty – and importance – of resistance," 6 June 2019 Still a schoolboy when Didier Drogba and co. won in Munich, Gomez actually made his Under-18s debut for Charlton Athletic aged just 13., "Where the Liverpool Starting XI Was the Last Time an English Team Lifted the Champions League," 5 June 2019 Another reference can be seen fleetingly in a scene when Merlin shows up as a 16-year-old schoolboy in a Led Zeppelin T-shirt. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Some Brief, Shining Moments," 24 Jan. 2019 The plot is as old as junior high school: Two schoolboy friends, Norimichi (Masaki Suda) and Yusuke (Mamoru Miyano), have a crush on the same girl, Nazuna (Suzu Hirose). Shunji Iwai, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Fireworks,’ Second Chances, but No Magic," 3 July 2018 That's an almost-certainly apocryphal line, usually attributed to the French-Algerian philosopher — and handy schoolboy goalkeeper — Albert Camus. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "How the World Cup reflects the world," 14 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce schoolboy (audio) \

Kids Definition of schoolboy

: a boy who goes to school

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