Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who polishes shoes as an occupation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who polishes shoes; same as bootblack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who cleans and polishes shoes and boots, especially one who makes a living by this.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large showy Asiatic shrub or small tree having large single or double red to deep-red flowers
  • n. a person who polishes shoes and boots

Etymologies

shoe +‎ black (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Yes -- he's a--" I was going to say "shoeblack," but I stopped myself in time, and said, "a little boy."

    My Friend Smith A Story of School and City Life

  • There is a boy, perhaps fifteen, pushing a wheelbarrow of small items that are for sale: a single roll of toilet paper, a neat metal disk containing shoeblack, and other soft clear plastic wrappers around fist-sized packages of nuts.

    Between Expectations

  • Oh, to miss the sight of her because I was wet through and bedraggled, and had not so much as five sous to give to a shoeblack for removing the least little spot of mud from my boot!

    The Magic Skin

  • A moment before he had been cursing and swearing at me, and speaking to me as if I had been his shoeblack.

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • Who would have thought such a nobleman vood turn shoeblack?

    The Fatal Boots

  • He goes to picture-galleries, and is more ignorant about Art than a French shoeblack.

    The Book of Snobs

  • There were pictures of a pauper cabin in Ireland, from which it was pretended I came; others in which I was represented as a lacquey and shoeblack.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • Louis could imagine hurling the shoes out the window, but instead, he cleaned them each in turn, smearing a rag in shoeblack and buffing them to a shine.

    The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

  • If Porlock were to marry the daughter of a shoeblack, without a farthing, he would make a mesalliance; but if the daughter of the shoeblack had half a million of money, nobody would dream of saying so.

    Doctor Thorne

  • The shoeblack was again put in requisition to bring five or six strong fellows from the neighbouring public – house; and the last battle of the campaign opened.

    The Wrong Box

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