[ draw-boi ]
/ ˈdrɔˌbɔɪ /


an apparatus for controlling and manipulating the harness cords on a power loom.
a boy who operates and controls the harness cords of a draw-loom.

Origin of drawboy

First recorded in 1725–35; draw + boy
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Example sentences from the Web for drawboy

  • Thus the drawboy and the reader of designs were both at once superseded.

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  • That ended and the weaving begun, she took to questioning Cimarron the drawboy.