office boy


a person, traditionally a boy, employed in an office to run errands, do odd jobs, etc.

Origin of office boy

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

Related Words for office boy

gofer, page, copyboy

Examples from the Web for office boy

Historical Examples of office boy

  • He was 18, and to be termed an office-boy sounded like an insult.

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin

  • She asked for him at the door as simply as if I had been his office-boy.

  • How did you manage to get past my office-boy and invade my sanctum?

  • If you want the office-boy to hear what you're saying, I don't.

    Young Blood

    E. W. Hornung

  • When Mr. Sharp was an office-boy, his name had been "Little Big-brains."

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for office boy

office boy


a former name for office junior
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