choirboy

[kwahyuh r-boi]

Origin of choirboy

First recorded in 1830–40; choir + boy
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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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