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[boot-blak] /ˈbutˌblæk/
a person who shines shoes and boots for a living.
Origin of bootblack
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20; boot1 + black Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bob readily dropped his assumed character of bootblack, and quickly started in pursuit of Felix Mortimer.

    The Boy Broker Frank A. Munsey
  • He can be a bootblack, a servant, a barber, perhaps a teamster.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • "Five cents, but I don't object to a dime," replied the bootblack.

    Mark Mason's Victory Horatio Alger
  • He was finally carried to bed in the custody of the bootblack.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • Her father was bursting with new diplomatic secrets recently extracted from his bootblack adviser.

    The Agony Column Earl Derr Biggers
  • She did not recognize him, having no idea that it was Tom the bootblack.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • "Good morning, Mike," said Rodney, as the bootblack was brushing off a customer.

    Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
  • One of the servants, named Tom, was the bootblack of the hotel.

  • I ain't sure I'd know myself, it I'd gone to sleep a bootblack and waked up as I am now.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • There was Pasquale, the bootblack, who was earning nearly as much as I ever did.

    One Way Out William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for bootblack


(mainly US) another word for shoeblack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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