day boy


noun Chiefly British.

a male boarding-school student who lives at home.

Origin of day boy

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for day boy

Historical Examples of day boy

  • In this day-boy row that has just started he's gone for my cousin.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • He was also the father of Jack Bruce, a day-boy on the engineering side.

    The White Feather

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Freedham, quite recovered, returned to his day-boy roof among the endless roofs of Kensingtowe Town.

    Tell England

    Ernest Raymond

  • Remember that I have been a day-boy house-master, and tried to infuse some esprit de corps into them.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • Picture the day-boy's life—at home for meals, at home for preparation, at home for sleep, running home with every fancied wrong.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster