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

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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 For 20 years, Dutch police investigated the rape and murder of an 11-year-old schoolboy, and the Dutch media chronicled the case’s many twists and turns. Milan Schreuer, The Seattle Times, "17,500 Dutchmen gave their DNA in a murder inquiry. After 20 years, an arrest.," 27 Aug. 2018 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 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

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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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