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water boy

a person who carries a canteen or bucket of drinking water to those too occupied to fetch it, as to soldiers, laborers, or football players.
a person who sees that livestock is supplied with water, as by filling water troughs.
Origin of water boy
First recorded in 1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Franklin, you are a water boy; let us see how well you can swim.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • I was water boy for a railroad gang, and the storm drove us in a shack.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • Or how would you like to carry the bats or be the water boy?

  • I wish you'd find a water boy and send him up to the hotel to get a couple of sandwiches and a bottle of coffee.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • He even holds up the Greek who came luggin' in the fresh towels, and Tony the spring water boy.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Little Jim wanted to leave school and be a water boy and his father's helper.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow

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