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Origin of schoolboy

First recorded in 1580–90; school1 + boy
Related formsschool·boy·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of schoolboy

  • As if you could be trusted with anything again that needs a schoolboy's intelligence.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • No, not ashamed, mother; but I thought it was not business-like, and seemed too much like a schoolboy.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • The Corsicans speak Italian, and this would never do for a French schoolboy.

  • "Ask her," said Vernon, feeling like a schoolboy in an examination.

  • I know it was a schoolboy's conduct; that is bad enough: and it is my son's, that is worse.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for schoolboy


feminine schoolgirl

  1. a child attending schoolGender-neutral form: pupil, schoolchild
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Word Origin and History for schoolboy

1580s, from school (n.1) + boy. As an adjective from 1874. Related: Schoolboyish.

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