water boy


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.
a person who sees that livestock is supplied with water, as by filling water troughs.

Origin of water boy

First recorded in 1630–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • 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