/ (ˈwaɪtbɔɪ) /

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

Origin of Whiteboy

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

Words Nearby Whiteboy

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How to use Whiteboy in a sentence

  • Up to this time, Cussen had escaped suspicion of any participation in the Whiteboy proceedings.

    Bits of Blarney | R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • This was the nearest approach he ever made to an admission that he had been involved in the Whiteboy movements.

    Bits of Blarney | R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • As there was a strong gate at each side, the place was considered quite able to resist any Whiteboy attack.

    Bits of Blarney | R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • His followers were more or less disguised, and all, except Cussen, had white shirts over their garments—hence the name Whiteboy.

    Bits of Blarney | R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • In January 1787 Fitzgibbon introduced a stringent bill for repressing the Whiteboy outrages.