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  • n. male servant or other attendant (regardless of age), employed to bear a torch or other light abroad at night

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boy or man that carried a link or torch to light passengers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boy or man who carries a link or torch to light passengers in the streets of a city.

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

  • n. (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets


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link (“torch, light”) +‎ boy (“man, servant”)


  • They could hire a linkboy to light their way through the dark alleys.


  • She guessed that he was a linkboy, hired by the middle-aged couple who walked at his side to light their way through the dark streets.


  • His reverie was interrupted by the linkboy knocking at the door of honest John Christie, whose wife came forth with “quips, and becks, and wreathed smiles,” to welcome her honoured guest on his return to his apartment.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • All fell to praising of it, each after his own fashion, though the same young blade held with his former view that another than her conjugial had been the man in the gap, a clerk in orders, a linkboy (virtuous) or an itinerant vendor of articles needed in every household.


  • "I want this book from the dark young man, the silent one," he whispered, and the linkboy hurried off.

    The Dark Queen

  • He stepped into the corridor, handed the note to a passing linkboy, and ordered the child to the library.

    The Dark Queen

  • I began to tell her about it, when, too soon, the linkboy stopped at her house.

    The Praise Singer

  • Tall cressets lighted us down the steps, and each had his own linkboy to see him home.

    The Praise Singer

  • I gave her my arm because the path was steep, and because of the linkboy.

    The Praise Singer

  • As soon as we were alone, but for his linkboy walking ahead, I asked his news.

    The Mask of Apollo


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