American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A graduate of a public school for boys.
- n. A man who is a member of an old-boy network.
- n. chiefly UK An alumnus, especially of a public school.
- n. UK Affectionate term of address for a man.
- n. A former member of a group
- n. a former male pupil of a school
- n. a vivacious elderly man
- n. a familiar term of address for a man
“He won election to the board of the Council on Foreign Relations by exploiting a new nomination-by-petition procedure designed to open up that old boy organizationone that had been recommended, interestingly, by a Council committee headed by Cyrus Vance.”
“It means a bit of pain which the old boy insists on calling neuralgia.”
“Except for the old boy at Pont-Marie, no one remembers him.”
“Apparently the old boy has been fighting the Simister Gang all his life.”
“The old boy was frankly blethering, and I was sorry for him.”
“Supposing she gave the old boy digitalin in his B and S, why should it wait all that time before working?”
“Maybe the old boy had heard something about Alex and was going to spill the beans to the Serrocolds. ”
“I had personally asked a fair number of Ivan's friends and business people to turn up at Park Crescent even if they couldn't face the crematorium but, in the event, the old boy drew a full house at Cockfosters, an eloquent and moving tribute to a good man.”
“I shared it all last week, while the scenes were enacting; but when papa's letter came, it made an old boy of me – I would have thrown off my hat and hurrahed, if I had not been afraid to trust four walls with my feelings; and I finally took up with the safer indulgence of some very sweet tears.”
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