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school·​boy ˈskül-ˌbȯi How to pronounce schoolboy (audio)
: a boy attending school


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: of, relating to, or characteristic of a schoolboy
schoolboy pranks
: 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
The original image shows a teenage schoolboy visibly agitated while sitting in class next to a girl. WIRED, 25 Oct. 2023 With them, a schoolboy striped Oxford shirt, navy V-neck sweater and navy blazer. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Despite the schoolboy’s taunt, Luck is staying put. Brandi Kellam, ProPublica, 5 Sep. 2023 In the photo, the mother-son duo stand together against a wall and look directly at the camera, with Moses wearing a schoolboy outfit and bearing a strong resemblance to his dad Chris Martin. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 27 June 2023 But Pratt was determined, unusually so, and his passion for acting continued unabated through his schoolboy years and into his enrolment in King’s College at the University of London in 1906. Hazlitt, 6 Sep. 2023 Explore See latest videos, charts and news The short clip features archival footage of the English singer-songwriter in his early years, as a confident schoolboy to his ascent to stardom as one fifth of chart topping boy band One Direction, multiple years before his solo career would be conceived. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2023 In the second half of the 18th century, a census in England’s West Midlands found The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes was immensely popular among 9- and 10-year-old schoolboys. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2023 No, the Crimson Tide isn’t calling anyone a loser like a schoolboy. Nick Alvarez |, al, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1588, in the meaning defined above


1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of schoolboy was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Schoolboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a boy attending school
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