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 Taylor, a junior defensive end, linebacker and tight end, served as a ball boy and water boy growing up. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 Adam Sandler stars as Bobby Boucher, the voluntary water boy for the fictional South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs who becomes a star linebacker. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2023 Three years later, Mr. Newcomb and his family donated $1.3 million to build a football field, track stadium, and other athletic facilities at Scio High School — where, because of his vision, he had been relegated to being the team’s water boy. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2023 Doug Moore, 41, officially the water boy — which meant pouring bags of wine down the gullets of winded players — told me they were enlisted early on in the festival’s history to build support by wearing the same Elvis outfit for the entire festival weekend. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Meet your all-pro water boy. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 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

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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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“Water boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20boy. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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