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 postboy

Historical Examples of postboy

  • She asked John his name; and told the postboy he was not worth his salt.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • She was followed by Mr. and Mrs. Low, as soon as the postboy could let down the steps.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • I came up with the postboy, and took his letters to save him a couple of miles.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Your postboy will tell you, Sir; this case is of much more moment to me.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • The postboy had lost his way, and could offer no suggestions.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for postboy


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