errand boy


(in Britain, esp formerly) a boy employed by a shopkeeper to deliver goods and run other errands

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Examples from the Web for errand boy

Contemporary Examples of errand boy

  • Vagabond, errand-boy, vagabond, labourer, porter, clerk, chief manager, small partner, Josiah Bounderby of Coketown.

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    David's Bookclub: Hard Times

    David Frum

    September 24, 2012

Historical Examples of errand boy

  • The schooner was the errand-boy that brought supplies and coal from the main.

  • A Gargoyle has the superb cheek to ask a Bede to be his errand-boy!

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting

  • "I can give you a situation as errand-boy in my own employ," said Mr. Rockwell.

    Fame and Fortune

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • When he entered the house, he looked around for his errand-boy, but looked in vain.

    Rufus and Rose

    Horatio Alger, Jr

  • "My errand-boy is going past the house, to deliver some medicine," he answered.

    The Fallen Leaves

    Wilkie Collins