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choirboy

[ kwahyuhr-boi ]
/ ˈkwaɪərˌbɔɪ /
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noun
a boy who sings in a choir, especially a church choir.
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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How to use choirboy in a sentence

  • Bish looked at him like a bishop who has just been contradicted on a point of doctrine by a choirboy.

    Four-Day Planet|Henry Beam Piper
  • He received his first musical education as choirboy in the Prague Cathedral.

    The Violoncello and Its History|Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • The rector, assisted by one discreet choirboy, said the mortuary mass.

    An Old Maid|Honore de Balzac
  • He strongly reprimands a choirboy whose wrong notes grate on his delicate ear.

British Dictionary definitions for choirboy

choirboy
/ (ˈkwaɪəˌbɔɪ) /

noun
one of a number of young boys who sing the treble part in a church choir
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