cabin boy


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cabin boy

n.
A boy servant aboard a ship.

cabin boy

n
(Nautical Terms) a boy who waits on the officers and passengers of a ship

cab′in boy`


n.
a boy employed as a servant on a ship.
[1720–30]
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Noun1.cabin boy - a young man acting as a servant on a shipcabin boy - a young man acting as a servant on a ship
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
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And for fear that the idea may still lurk in some minds that my preceding years of drinking were the cause of my disabilities, I here point out that my Japanese cabin boy, Nakata, still with me, was rotten with fever, as was Charmian, who in addition was in the slough of a tropical neurasthenia that required several years of temperate climates to cure, and that neither she nor Nakata drank or ever had drunk.
A Japanese served as cook, and a Chinese as cabin boy. Four white sailors had constituted the original crew for'ard, but one by one they had yielded to the charms of palm-waving South Sea isles and been replaced by islanders.
All drank except Lee Goom, the abstemious cabin boy. This rite accomplished, they waited for the next, the present-giving.
On the 16th, he was parted from us by a storm; I heard since my return, that his ship foundered, and none escaped but one cabin boy. He was an honest man, and a good sailor, but a little too positive in his own opinions, which was the cause of his destruction, as it has been with several others; for if he had followed my advice, he might have been safe at home with his family at this time, as well as myself.
Would go cabin boy, cook, supercargo, or common sailor.
"Now then, bullies," he said briskly, "six of you walk the plank to-night, but I have room for two cabin boys. Which of you is it to be?"
But, this December, he'll be pulling on the hot pants again as Kenneth the Cabin Boy at the Empire (alongside fellow Benidorm alumni Asa Elliott, as Tiger Billy) - and he can't wait to swap his curling iron for a mop to keep the Jolly Roger ship-shape.
Since "we" are all still alive, Thackeray's Jack pulls out his "snickersnee" and tells the cabin boy: "Oh Billy, we're going to kill and eat you." But if the murder-and-cannibalism-at-sea plot was already a cliche and a joke to Thackeray, in this immensely enjoyable book Lowry makes of it the vehicle for a psychologically complex and emotionally engaging story of misdirected love, and of a variety of hungers, from the simple need for sustenance to the yearnings for companionship, for freedom and for home.
The four-part telescope was presented to cabin boy William Cook, nicknamed "Nelson's Boy", by HMS Victory's captain Thomas Hardy.
It also has a flag from the steamship Trevessa, which sank in the Indian Ocean, and was rescued by a cabin boy from Barry and presented by his mother, Mrs Dora Phillips.
At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the "Never-Isles" from which there appears to be no escape.