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water boy

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noun
  1. a person who carries a canteen or bucket of drinking water to those too occupied to fetch it, as to soldiers, laborers, or football players.
  2. a person who sees that livestock is supplied with water, as by filling water troughs.
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Origin of water boy

First recorded in 1630–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Examples from the Web for water boy

Historical Examples

  • You brought my water-boy back with you last night, didn't you, Mr. Ballard?

    The King of Arcadia

    Francis Lynde

  • From boss to water-boy we were failures all; so we understood each other.

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

  • I'll help pass a law making it illegal for Hans Wagner to hang around a ball park except as water-boy.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • On his plantation Henson served as water-boy, butler and finally as a field hand, experiencing the usual hardship of the slave.

  • The water-boy was humped over the horn of his saddle as if he had found a stomach-ache in the breathless gallop.

    The King of Arcadia

    Francis Lynde