Definitions

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

  • n. Gulf Coast U.S. See submarine. See Regional Note at submarine.

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  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see poor,‎ boy.
  • n. A submarine sandwich.

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

  • n. a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

Etymologies

Probably from French pour bois, for a drink; see pourboire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I received a letter from Willie, poor boy he writes so gayly, his letter expresses such bouyancy, such confidence in and devotion to our "glorious Confederacy," I fear its glory has fallen.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.

  • Hardly had the poor boy been buried in Bellie church near, when his father, now reinforced by the Gordons, so that he could count 2,000 foot and 200 horse, was on his “fiery progress” south through Aberdeenshire, “as if to challenge Generals Baillie and Urry.”

    The Life of John Milton

  • "But not above defrauding that poor boy because he valued the things given to his care, and was so foolish as to imagine you wouldn't lie to an angur."

    Calde of the Long Sun

  • Sallow-eyed, furtive, maybe a little brighter than the poor boy in the grocery store, backwoodsy but not an idiot.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Holborn where this poor boy died; I had stood over a grave in the burial-round of Shoe-Lane Workhouse, which was pointed out to me as the last resting-place of Chatterton; and now I was in the room where, it was alleged, he obtained the manuscripts that gave him such notoriety.

    The American Fugitive in Europe. Sketches of Places and People Abroad. By Wm. Wells Brown. With a Memoir of the Author.

  • His surmise proved correct; for news soon came that the poor boy had been captured at his father's house, and hanged.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • But he talked very prettily on man's rights generally and particularly, even saying something in derogation of that fashionable life, which, as the poor boy had been taught, was the alpha and omega of existence.

    Man's Rights: or, How Would You Like It?

  • 'Now, Mrs Bracken, I've done what you asked, but it's past time to put your poor boy out of his misery.

    Come To Grief

  • It was a ghastly party—no one else but poor Neddy Silverton, who looks like a galley-slave they used to talk of my making that poor boy unhappy!

    The House of Mirth

  • When the poor boy was calmer we met in Tish's bedroom and Tish was quite firm on one point – Hannah must leave!

    Tish

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  • In the 1960s a poor boy was a popular kind of shirt for females. They were figure hugging rib-knit t-shirts that came in a wide range of solid colors. They were often worn tucked into hip huggers, either skirts or slacks which were worn with a wide leather belt.

    February 2, 2008