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choirboy

[kwahyuh r-boi]
noun
  1. a boy who sings in a choir, especially a church choir.
  2. Slang. a person who is notably honest, moral, or innocent.
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Origin of choirboy

First recorded in 1830–40; choir + boy
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Historical Examples of choir-boy

  • In the night one hears the choir-boy ring the bell before the Host.

    The Inferno

    August Strindberg

  • The mind bent, warped and twisted, had contracted the ways of a choir-boy.

    A Tour Through The Pyrenees

    Hippolyte Adolphe Taine

  • And the choir-boy, a facetious man with a big sign of the cross, said grace.

  • She looks like a cherub, or a choir-boy on a Christmas card.

    Winona of the Camp Fire

    Margaret Widdemer

  • First, to be a choir-boy; and, secondly, to dwell in Daddy Darwin's Dovecot.


British Dictionary definitions for choir-boy

choirboy

noun
  1. one of a number of young boys who sing the treble part in a church choir
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Word Origin and History for choir-boy

n.

also choir boy, 1769, from choir + boy. As a type of innocence, by 1885.

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