Definitions

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  • n. One of an even-numbered group of seamen posted in two rows on the quarterdeck when a visiting dignitary boards or leaves the ship, historically to help (or even hoist) him aboard.
  • n. A small dresser; a drinks cabinet.

Etymologies

From side +‎ boy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I set down the food, got my small mirror and the tortoiseshell comb from the drawer of the sideboy and handed them to him, peering upward at his gangling form.

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  • The sideboys line up facing each other in two rows, with the boatswain's mate positioned behind the outboard sideboy in the forward row.

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