• synonyms


  1. a boy or man who summons actors, as from their dressing rooms, shortly before they are due to go on stage.
  2. a bellhop.
  3. Also call boy. a male prostitute who arranges appointments with clients by telephone.
  4. 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.
Show More

Origin of callboy

First recorded in 1835–45; call + boy
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for callboy

Historical Examples of callboy

British Dictionary definitions for callboy


  1. a person who notifies actors when it is time to go on stage
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012