callboy

[ kawl-boi ]
/ ˈkɔlˌbɔɪ /

noun

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.

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Origin of callboy

First recorded in 1835–45; call + boy
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British Dictionary definitions for callboy

callboy
/ (ˈkɔːlˌbɔɪ) /

noun

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