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[pohst-boi] /ˈpoʊstˌbɔɪ/
(formerly) a boy or man who rode post or carried mail.
a postilion.
Origin of postboy
First recorded in 1580-90; post3 + boy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of such a letter, Death himself might well have been the post-boy.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • "Them 'orses 'll be foundered as sure as heggs," said the post-boy.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • There was nothing to be done but to return to their seats, and urge the post-boy to hurry on.

    The Carbonels Charlotte M. Yonge
  • And at these words my post-boy started, and released me from my bete noire.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I desired the post-boy to stop half a mile from the house, and to wait my return.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • He then returned to his lodgings, to await the doctor's coming and the post-boy's return.


    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • No matter how old he might be he was always called a post-boy.

  • On the same night a post-boy was relieved of his bags at the same place.

  • He was roused by a loud shouting of the post-boy on the leader.

  • They were conspicuous enough to every post-boy, waiter, and stable-keeper.

    Geoffery Gambado William Henry Bunbury
British Dictionary definitions for post-boy


a man or boy who brings the post round to offices
another name for postilion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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