from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of an even-numbered group of seamen posted in two rows on the quarterdeck when a visiting dignitary boards or leaves the ship, historically to help (or even hoist) him aboard.
  • n. A small dresser; a drinks cabinet.


From side +‎ boy. (Wiktionary)


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  • The sideboys line up facing each other in two rows, with the boatswain's mate positioned behind the outboard sideboy in the forward row.

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