whiteboy

noun
white·​boy

Definition of whiteboy

1 archaic : a favored person : pet
2 usually capitalized [so called from their wearing white shirts outside their other clothes as a means of recognition on their night raids] : one of an agrarian association formed among the Irish peasants in 1761 especially to redress their grievances against their landlords and to resist collection of tithes

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First Known Use of whiteboy

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whiteboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiteboy. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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