- Irish history a member of a secret society of violent agrarian protest, formed around 1760
C18: adopted from the earlier use of the phrase as a term of endearment for a boy or man
Examples from the Web for whiteboy
In truth, he was a Whiteboy to the backbone, and a traitor to the authorities who employed him.Bits of Blarney
R. Shelton Mackenzie
The dreaded name of Whiteboy was first heard in 1761; and agrarian crime has never since been long absent.
A few minutes brought this kind-hearted Whiteboy back to the spot where Hourigan and his companion, who was also his cousin, fell.
In the meantime, M'Carthy was soon overtaken by the friendly Whiteboy, whose speed; of foot was indeed extraordinary.
They accordingly shook hands, and M'Carthy gave him the genuine grip, as he had been taught it by the Whiteboy.