from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boy brought up at a charity-school or on a charitable foundation.


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  • Straw, a little wiry Sergeant of meek demeanour and strong sense, would knock at a door and ask a series of questions in any mild character you choose to prescribe to him, from a charity-boy upwards, and seem as innocent as an infant.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • The charity-boy with the hoop is the son of the jolly-looking mute; he admires his father, who admires himself too, in those bran-new sables.

    Our Street

  • When the frightful act had been performed, Otto, who entered the little chamber in the tower ringleted like Apollo, issued from it as cropped as a charity-boy.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • The head charity-boy blows the bellows; the master canes the other boys in the organ-loft; the clerk sings out Amen from the desk; and the beadle with the staff opens the door for his Reverence, who rustles in silk up to the cushion.

    The History of Pendennis

  • And still further away, the long low body of the church of Gouda, the early home of the man whose wit had proved mightier than the armies of many an emperor, the charity-boy whom the world came to know as Erasmus.

    The Story of Mankind

  • It had something of the charity-boy about it still; but now it was a man's figure, laconic, charged with plebeian energy.

    England, My England

  • He would give a little contemptuous curve to his lip, and take on a shy, charity-boy grin, when refinement was thrust upon him.

    England, My England

  • So the very moral and the very true are not for the statesman but for the charity-boy.

    Principles of Freedom

  • The Professors perhaps regarded him as a sort of charity-boy, and Twybridge possibly saw him in the same light.

    Born in Exile

  • He professed to have received at second-hand from the charity-boy, set to con the alphabet, what the retired stage-driver applied to matrimony -- to wit, that it was not worth while to go through so much to get so little.

    When Grandmamma Was New The Story of a Virginia Childhood


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