- 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
As you do not propose to follow the sea, it will not be worth while to go as cabin-boy.Brave and Bold
I was a slip of a fifteen cabin-boy on my first cruise, and then I got on to being skipper.The Opal Serpent
The Cabin-boy pulled Freddie's head down, and whispered in his ear.
The Cabin-boy, shaking with sobs, raised his hand threateningly.
It's your fault, and don't you never try to lay it to that Cabin-boy!
- a boy who waits on the officers and passengers of a ship
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