[ kawl-boi ]
/ ˈkɔlˌbɔɪ /


a boy or man who summons actors, as from their dressing rooms, shortly before they are due to go on stage.
a bellhop.
Also call boy. a male prostitute who arranges appointments with clients by telephone.
Also call-boy, call boy. Railroads Slang. a railroad employee responsible for ensuring that members of a train crew are on hand for their regular runs and for notifying them of an extra run.

Origin of callboy

First recorded in 1835–45; call + boy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for callboy

/ (ˈkɔːlˌbɔɪ) /


a person who notifies actors when it is time to go on stage
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