from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A day-boarder at a school, or one who takes dinner only.
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If he find but a good look to assure his welcome, he becomes their half-boarder, and haunts the threshold so long 'till he forces good nature to the necessity of a quarrel.
Mrs. Colville, whose maiden name was Chandler, was the daughter of a reputable tradesman, and brought up at a boarding-school at Exeter as a half-boarder, where she was taught all those ridiculous accomplishments which serve but to dis-qualify
I was a half-boarder at Chelfea, and I fpeak French like a native — Comment vous porter vous 9 Mounjieur.
You know, likewise, that this girl was early entrusted to my mother’s care, which made her doubly solicitous to save her, therefore kept her in a manner confined in the house, till she could fix her in some safer situation; and not finding a place of servitude for her, equal to her wishes, put her as a half-boarder to Mrs. Dykes, near