Tennis. an attendant, usually a boy or young man, employed to retrieve balls and supply players with them.
Baseball. an attendant, usually a boy or young man, who retrieves foul balls and brings the umpire new balls during the game.
Origin of ball boy
First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for ball boy
(in sport, esp tennis) a person who retrieves balls that go out of play
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