water boy


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Red and Black from Athens lined up to receive the opening kickoff with a water boy in overalls and holding a bucket standing on the field. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 22 Nov. 2022 Sam Moorfoot, the Cats' water boy, is an integral part of the organization. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2022 Watch the video above to see the Aussie Rules Football champions honor their water boy. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2022 When Calvert Hall football practice started in mid-August, a young Augie Miceli Jr. would go work with his father and was the team’s water boy. Baltimore Sun, 4 Sep. 2022 Little Pete was a ball boy and water boy at his dad’s games. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 June 2022 At 13, after only a year and a half of formal education, Poitier dropped out of school and worked briefly as a water boy for ditch diggers and later as a laborer in a warehouse. Dennis Mclellan, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water boy was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Water boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20boy. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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