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  1. Irish history a member of a secret society of violent agrarian protest, formed around 1760
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Word Origin for Whiteboy

C18: adopted from the earlier use of the phrase as a term of endearment for a boy or man
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • In the meantime, M'Carthy was soon overtaken by the friendly Whiteboy, whose speed; of foot was indeed extraordinary.

    The Tithe-Proctor

    William Carleton

  • A few minutes brought this kind-hearted Whiteboy back to the spot where Hourigan and his companion, who was also his cousin, fell.

    The Tithe-Proctor

    William Carleton

  • They accordingly shook hands, and M'Carthy gave him the genuine grip, as he had been taught it by the Whiteboy.

    The Tithe-Proctor

    William Carleton