a boy or man who summons actors, as from their dressing rooms, shortly before they are due to go on stage.
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for callboy
Historical Examples of callboy
The sharp, insistent voice of the callboy broke in on her flow of excuses.
"They are stamping their feet, madame," the callboy once more cried.
In the passage the callboy was yelling at the top of his shrill voice, "They've knocked!"
British Dictionary definitions for callboy
a person who notifies actors when it is time to go on stage
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