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

  • n. A boy attending school.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. characteristic of a schoolboy, especially being cheeky, clumsy and socially unaware.
  • n. A boy attending school.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boy belonging to, or attending, a school.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boy belonging to or attending a school.

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

  • n. a boy attending school


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  • The Commonwealth's attorney occupied the floor for an hour, during which he ridiculed what he termed the schoolboy tales from his youthful opponent.

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  • But in a reflection of the global nature of modern sailing Mr Thompson's triumph involved sailing on a French yacht and communicating with the largely Gallic crew using what he describes as "schoolboy French". - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • This applause for someone being a comp schoolboy is as much as anything a sympton of the terribly middle class crowd you get at Lib Dem party conferences, is it not?

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  • I hear the word discipline and I picture Tory ministers in schoolboy uniforms with oranges in their mouths, tights over their heads, and a latex-clad dominatrix caning their hairy, flabby buttocks.

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  • Right through our national life we have got to fight against privilege, against the notion that a half-witted public-schoolboy is better fitted for command than an intelligent mechanic.

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  • But he perpetually errs by being too deep or too shallow, for the matter in hand; and many a schoolboy is a better reasoner than he.

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  • Then I recalled a schoolboy expedient against big dogs, and twisted the rock into my handkerchief, and gave this a turn round my wrist.

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  • But he perpetually errs by being too deep or too shallow for the matter in hand, and many a schoolboy is a better reasoner than he.

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  • And may I ask you, Professor Hocus Pocus, or whatever your name is, whom you are calling a schoolboy?

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  • Once in ten thousand times it happens that the schoolboy is a born master of what they try to teach him.

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  • -- That model schoolboy, Stephen said, would find Hamlet's musings about the afterlife of his princely soul, the improbable, insignificant and undramatic monologue, as shallow as Plato's.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 9

    January 5, 2007