highboy

[hahy-boi]
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Origin of highboy

First recorded in 1890–95;high + boy
Also called high chest.
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highboy

noun
  1. US and Canadian a tall chest of drawers in two sections, the lower section being a lowboyBrit equivalent: tallboy
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Word Origin and History for highboy
n.

"tall chest of drawers," 1891, American English (cf. tallboy); a hybrid, the second element is from French bois "wood" (see bush).

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