cabin boy

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noun

a boy employed as a servant for the officers and passengers on a ship.

Origin of cabin boy

First recorded in 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for cabin boy

Historical Examples of cabin boy

  • As you do not propose to follow the sea, it will not be worth while to go as cabin-boy.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I was a slip of a fifteen cabin-boy on my first cruise, and then I got on to being skipper.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • The Cabin-boy, shaking with sobs, raised his hand threateningly.

  • "All r-r-right," said the Cabin-boy, wiping his eyes and sniffling.

  • The Cabin-boy pulled Freddie's head down, and whispered in his ear.


British Dictionary definitions for cabin boy

cabin boy

noun

a boy who waits on the officers and passengers of a ship
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