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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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  • She was followed by Mr. and Mrs. Low, as soon as the postboy could let down the steps.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • She asked John his name; and told the postboy he was not worth his salt.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • I came up with the postboy, and took his letters to save him a couple of miles.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Your postboy will tell you, Sir; this case is of much more moment to me.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The postboy had lost his way, and could offer no suggestions.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • "She be regularly booked, that's certain," said the postboy.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • "See to the things, both of you," said Richard, as he paid the postboy.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The post-chaise was there with its pair of horses, and the postboy waiting at the horses' heads.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • "Master," cried the postboy, who was waiting with the chaise.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
  • There is a particular account of it in the postboy, and Evening Post of that day.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for postboy


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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