(formerly) a boy or man who rode post or carried mail.
a postilion.

Origin of postboy

First recorded in 1580–90; post3 + boy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for post-boy

Historical Examples of post-boy

  • Of such a letter, Death himself might well have been the post-boy.

  • "Them 'orses 'll be foundered as sure as heggs," said the post-boy.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • There was nothing to be done but to return to their seats, and urge the post-boy to hurry on.

    The Carbonels

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • And at these words my post-boy started, and released me from my bete noire.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I desired the post-boy to stop half a mile from the house, and to wait my return.

    Frank Mildmay

    Captain Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for post-boy



a man or boy who brings the post round to offices
another name for postilion
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