water boy


Definition of water boy

: one who keeps a group (as of football players) supplied with drinking water

Examples of water boy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At age 8, McClain became the unofficial mascot, water boy and gofer for two seasons as Dufrain’s conference championship teams of 1963 and 1964 went 9-0 and 7-1-1, respectively. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, 3 Dec. 2020 In 1962, Scott’s family moved to the Washington area, where Scott played high school football and was a water boy for the Redskins. Ken Belson, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2020 Starting at age 6, Kernen served as a water boy for South, and watched his cousin, Dillan Halpin, help the Panthers to their first Patriot League title in 2012. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2019 To speculate about his talent is to set him off on a tangent about how BYU just needs an oversized water boy. Joan Niesen, SI.com, 21 July 2016 Conaway took over leadership of the probe after committee chairman Devin Nunes had to recuse himself as a former member of the Trump transition team and current Trump lap dog and water boy. Jeff Darcy, cleveland.com, 17 Mar. 2018 As a teenager, Braman was a water boy while the team went through training camp in the 1940s when the Eagles practiced in his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, 5 Feb. 2018 My father [Jim] played defensive tackle there and coached there under Bill Manlove, and my brothers [Mike and Jim] were water boys for the team. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, 18 Jan. 2018 Schwanekamp has known Ben for 10 years, going back to when Ben was a water boy for the football team. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of water boy

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Water boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20boy. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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