[nooz-boi, nyooz-]


a person, typically a boy, who sells or delivers newspapers.

Origin of newsboy

First recorded in 1755–65; news + boy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of newsboy

Historical Examples of newsboy

  • A newsboy going down Whitehall was calling an evening paper.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Then, as he hastened toward a telephone-booth, he ran into a newsboy.

  • The shrill jeer of a newsboy broke in upon his pathetic speech.

  • On the way, I intrusted a newsboy with an English shilling to go and get me change.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • Off darted the newsboy, to be lost in the crowd on the other side of the street.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for newsboy



a boy who sells or delivers newspapers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for newsboy

also news-boy, 1764, from news (n.) + boy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper