from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A graduate of a public school for boys.
  • n. A man who is a member of an old-boy network.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alumnus, especially of a public school.
  • n. Affectionate term of address for a man.
  • n. A former member of a group

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

  • n. a former male pupil of a school
  • n. a vivacious elderly man
  • n. a familiar term of address for a man


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  • He won election to the board of the Council on Foreign Relations by exploiting a new nomination-by-petition procedure designed to open up that old boy organizationone that had been recommended, interestingly, by a Council committee headed by Cyrus Vance.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • It means a bit of pain which the old boy insists on calling neuralgia.

    More Work for the Undertaker

  • Except for the old boy at Pont-Marie, no one remembers him.

    Maigret and the Loner

  • Apparently the old boy has been fighting the Simister Gang all his life.

    Mystery Mile

  • The old boy was frankly blethering, and I was sorry for him.

    The Case of the Late Pig

  • Supposing she gave the old boy digitalin in his B and S, why should it wait all that time before working?

    The Unpleasantness At The Belladonna Club

  • Maybe the old boy had heard something about Alex and was going to spill the beans to the Serrocolds. '

    Twin Moons

  • I had personally asked a fair number of Ivan's friends and business people to turn up at Park Crescent even if they couldn't face the crematorium but, in the event, the old boy drew a full house at Cockfosters, an eloquent and moving tribute to a good man.

    To The Hilt

  • I shared it all last week, while the scenes were enacting; but when papa's letter came, it made an old boy of me – I would have thrown off my hat and hurrahed, if I had not been afraid to trust four walls with my feelings; and I finally took up with the safer indulgence of some very sweet tears.

    The Hills of the Shatemuc


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