attaboy

[ at-uh-boi ]
/ ˈæt əˌbɔɪ /
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interjection Informal.

(used as an enthusiastic expression of encouragement or approval to a boy, man, or male animal.)

Nearby words

  1. atropos,
  2. atry,
  3. ats,
  4. att.,
  5. att. gen.,
  6. attacca,
  7. attach,
  8. attachable,
  9. attache,
  10. attached

Origin of attaboy

1905–10, Americanism; alleged to be a reduced form of that's a boy or that's the boy

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Examples from the Web for attaboy

  • He was censured by his colleagues in the House but given an “Attaboy, Charlie!”

    The Daily Beast 2010 Political Awards|Samuel P. Jacobs|December 21, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • He did go and support the team, and enhance the glory of Zenith, by yelling "Attaboy!"

    Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
  • In the ominous silence a cracked voice yelped: "Attaboy Fenton!"

    Vulcan's Workshop|Harl Vincent
  • It will be observed that Mr. Burke has given his attaboy a "t" too many.

    Pieces of Hate|Heywood Broun


British Dictionary definitions for attaboy

attaboy

/ (ˈætəˌbɔɪ) /

sentence substitute

slang, mainly US an expression of approval or exhortation
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Word Origin and History for attaboy

attaboy

1909, probably from common pronunciation of "that's the boy!" a cheer of encouragement or approval.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper