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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Landau said schoolboys from New York City attending the camp should have already been vaccinated because of the city’s order in April. Washington Post, "Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak," 16 June 2019 Chelsea weren't the only Premier League team interested in the striker, as Tottenham were reportedly eyeing up a move for the schoolboy., "Chelsea Sign Highly-Rated Teenage Striker George Nunn From Crewe Alexandra," 28 Mar. 2018 Golding’s book follows a group of schoolboys who are stranded on a desert island. Nick Romano,, "Call Me by Your Name director in talks to helm Lord of the Flies movie," 29 July 2019 Released by Arsenal as a schoolboy, he was then brought back to the Emirates' academy, earned himself a professional contract in June, and now looks to be part of Emery's first-team plans., "Arsenal: 6 of the Gunners' Best Youngsters Who Deserve a Shot at the First Team in 2019/20," 16 July 2019 As every schoolboy at once knew when the news broke, Kim Darroch was bound to resign as Britain’s ambassador to the United States as soon as his dismissive comments were leaked to the Daily Mail and published. John O'sullivan, National Review, "What to Make of the U.K. Ambassador’s Tiff with Trump," 13 July 2019 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

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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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