from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who cleans and polishes shoes for a living.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shoeshine boy; a person who shines shoes as an occupation.
- v. To shine shoes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who blacks boots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One whose occupation is to clean and black boots and shoes. Also called shoe-black.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who polishes shoes and boots
"A bootblack is a nice playmate," said Guy, with his usual sneer.
It was certainly remarkable that the boy to whom he had recently offered the position of his bootblack should be a guest of a fashionable New York hotel.
They included a former bootblack named Andrew Williams, who purchased six lots of land for $125 and laborer named Epiphany Davis who bought twelve lots for $578.
The bootblack looked curiously up at him, and he remembered his moosehide moccasins and went away hastily.
She lives with a boozing mother and little sister with the preternaturally wizened face of a Dickensian bootblack.
Nicholas Jenkins analyzes the photo best, locating the shot, identifying the time of day, and explaining why we can't see the bootblack.
The on-line image (released by the government of France) is a bit small (click on photo above for larger image), but shows distantly a man standing being served by a bootblack.
As we unpacked each pair of boots and positioned them into the grid, flecks of the bootblack rubbed off on our hands, leaving them indelibly stained with the ashes of unknown memories.
Two years of indentured servitude as Dubya's personal bootblack ... and reading tutor.
Rosa has taken all the allusions to the ways in which Uncle Scrooge amassed the ridiculous fortune in the Duckberg money bin, and created a 70-year saga of the adventures of Scrooge: from a bootblack in Edinburgh to a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi to a cowboy in Montana to a gold hunter in Australia, South Africa, and ultimately the Yukon.
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