linkboy


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linkboy

(ˈlɪŋkˌbɔɪ) or

linkman

n, pl -boys or -men
(Professions) (formerly) a boy who carried a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
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Noun1.linkboy - (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
References in periodicals archive ?
KBOY: blackboy, jackboy, linkboy (all W3), Oakboy (OED)
From the street sellers who populated the Cryes of London, to the "Black Guard" children who picked pockets and slept in annealing ovens, to the bootblacks, linkboys, and chimney sweeps, each type of beggar occupied a particular niche in society, providing services that no others would provide.
But most of all he wants us to appreciate night as a workplace for midwives and porters, for fire brigades, linkboys, and iron-smelters, for makers of cheese, beer, glass, and gloves, for vendors of waffles and shellfish, and for women at laundry tubs and spinning wheels.