Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a ship-surgeon's attendant, who compounds the medicines and assists the surgeon in his duties. In the United States navy called bayman or nurse.

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Examples

  • If a speck of dirt be found on the deck, or a gallipot or phial out of its place, woe betide the loblolly-boy, the assistant-surgeon's assistant, and the constant attendant upon the hospital.

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • The day _after_, when I was enjoying my arrest in the dignified idleness of a snooze in a pea-jacket, on one of the lockers, the loblolly-boy came to me, saying that Daunton was much worse, and that he humbly and earnestly requested to see me.

    Rattlin the Reefer

  • The loblolly-boy, that is, the young man who had charge of the laboratory where all the medicines were kept, confessed, after a little hesitation, that for certain glasses of grog he had given this pernicious liquid to Daunton.

    Rattlin the Reefer

  • After his mother shook him, members of the nobility with whom he was acquainted used their influence to get him the position of 'loblolly-boy in a ship;' and from that point my watchman threw off all trammels of date and locality and branched out into a narrative that bristled all along with incredible adventures; a narrative that was so reeking with bloodshed and so crammed with hair-breadth escapes and the most engaging and unconscious personal villainies, that I sat speechless, enjoying, shuddering, wondering, worshipping.

    Life on the Mississippi

  • 'loblolly-boy in a ship;' and from that point my watchman threw off all trammels of date and locality and branched out into a narrative that bristled all along with incredible adventures; a narrative that was so reeking with bloodshed and so crammed with hair-breadth escapes and the most engaging and unconscious personal villainies, that I sat speechless, enjoying, shuddering, wondering, worshipping.

    Life on the Mississippi

  • Ye'r a varra capital vice-admiral of the red, Sir Gervaise, but I'm judging ye'd mak 'a varra indeeferent loblolly-boy. "

    The Two Admirals

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  • Not often a boy; "An assistant who helps a ship's surgeon and his mates, so called after loblolly, the gruel commonly served in the sick-bay." So says A Sea of Words, p. 279

    March 7, 2008