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1875, short for newsboy.

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  • And after a time another boy, a little New York "newsie," with a pack of evening papers, came loitering along the pier.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The newsie mentioned an address on one of the side streets of San Antonio.

  • The soldiers looked skeptical, but the newsie insisted that he was telling the truth.

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A newspaper seller: Beno, a hophead newsie (1875+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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