Definitions

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  • n. A boy employed in a shop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boy employed in a shop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boy employed in a shop.

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

  • n. a young male shop assistant

Etymologies

shop +‎ boy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • James Cook was a Yorkshire shopboy turned Royal Navy non-commissioned officer who safely commanded the tubby Endeavour around the world: also a man of great ability, a 'genius' according to Lord Colville .

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • The fast shopboy whose love of fine company and high living had brought him to this pass, had shaken off the first shame that was on him, and listened eagerly to the narratives of successful vice that fell so glibly from the lips of his older companions.

    For the term of his natural life

  • He had been once a poor shopboy, but he wandered to

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851

  • All things considered, Lenny had no doubt in his mind but that the stranger was a shopboy or 'prentice from the town of Thorndyke; and the notorious repute of that town, coupled with this presumption, made it probable that Lenny now saw before him one of the midnight desecrators of the stocks.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851

  • Now, it is well known that there is nothing more antipathetic to your peasant-boy than your shopboy.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851

  • Then I turned and told the shopboy he had beaten to hand him the bundle of clothes, and said to him: Here are all the clothes I gave you; take with them your discharge, and go where you like.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • Then I turned and told the shopboy he had beaten to hand him the bundle of clothes, and said to him: “Here are all the clothes I gave you; take with them your discharge, and go where you like.

    XCIII

  • A terrible old woman, with landlady written large all over her face and person, opened the door, and, without paying the slightest attention to me, began to rate the shopboy in no measured terms.

    Memoirs of Sir Wemyss Reid 1842-1885

  • I breathe an atmosphere of sweetness, like a confectioner’s shopboy.

    Act III

  • I breathe an atmosphere of sweetness, like a confectioner's shopboy.

    Man and Superman

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