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 To read through the changes is to receive a master class in the art of creatively brutal editing—an art that Welles practiced throughout his life, beginning with his schoolboy adaptations of Shakespeare. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "How “Mank” Distorts Orson Welles," 2 Apr. 2021 In the midst of the chaos, a young schoolboy approaches the tree and tries to push it out of the road. Jenn Lofgren, Forbes, "Accountability And The Roles We All Play," 12 Apr. 2021 Thinking about the six weeks ahead of him, the schoolboy got all jittery about the legs. Helen Oyeyemi, Harper's BAZAAR, "Read An Excerpt from Helen Oyeyemi's New Novel, Peaces," 5 Apr. 2021 Neglected by his parents, Parisian schoolboy Antoine Doinel runs away from home and turns to petty crime. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 The novel consists of letters between Leigh Botts, a schoolboy whose lunch is always getting stolen, and Boyd Henshaw, an author with whom Leigh began corresponding for a class assignment. Washington Post, "Beverly Cleary, beloved author who chronicled schoolyard scrapes and feisty kids, dies at 104," 26 Mar. 2021 In North Adams, Kentridge, now 65, who agitated against Apartheid before its eventual end in 1992, told me the story of being a schoolboy in Johannesburg, where, on Armistice Day, the names of the old boys killed in the war were read aloud. Globe Staff,, "At the ICA, William Kentridge explodes the popular narrative on World War I," 19 Nov. 2020 Back then Liang Jiwen was a schoolboy, the son of a Dazhai official. The Economist, "Red tourism in Xi’s China," 6 Mar. 2021 Thom Brome is diving deeper into his schoolboy aesthetic. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Thom Browne Debuts the Ultimate Prep Childrenswear Line," 26 Jan. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Schoolboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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