old boy


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old boy

n.
1. Chiefly British A graduate of a public school for boys.
2. A man who is a member of an old-boy network.
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old boy

n
1. (sometimes capitals) Brit a male ex-pupil of a school
2. informal chiefly
a. a familiar name used to refer to a man
b. an old man
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old boy

(ˈoʊld ˈbɔɪ for 1; ˈoʊld ˌbɔɪ for 3 )
n.
1. an adult male, esp. in the South. Compare good old boy.
2. Chiefly Brit. an alumnus, esp. of a boys' preparatory or public school.
[1595–1605]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.old boy - a familiar term of address for a manold boy - a familiar term of address for a man
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
2.old boy - a vivacious elderly man
3.old boy - a former male pupil of a school
alumna, alumnus, graduate, grad, alum - a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
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old boy

old girl
noun alumnus or alumna, former pupil The school boasts a long list of famous old boys.
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Translations
bývalý žiak

old boy

n (Scol) → ex alunno (fam) → vecchio
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References in classic literature ?
"Yes," says Tom, not unwilling for a moment that the guard should think him an old boy. But then, having some qualms as to the truth of the assertion, and seeing that if he were to assume the character of an old boy he couldn't go on asking the questions he wanted, added--"That is to say, I'm on my way there.
As for Raffles, he appeared to me to feel far more compunction for the fable which he had been compelled to foist upon one of the old masters than for the immeasurably graver offence against society and another Old Boy. This, indeed, did not worry him at all.; and the story was received next day with absolute credulity on all.
You're an amusing old boy: I like you, in a sense; but here's an end of it for to-night.
I waylaid old Bodger--Colonel Bodger, on the committee of the club, you know--and suggested over a whisky-and-soda that the management of Brown's would be behaving like sportsmen if they bumped my salary up a bit, and the old boy nearly strangled himself trying to suck down Scotch and laugh at the same time.
'Noble old boy; an't he?' said Mr Pancks, entering on a series of the dryest snorts.
'You wicked old boy,' Miss Wren would say to him, with a menacing forefinger, 'you'll force me to run away from you, after all, you will; and then you'll shake to bits, and there'll be nobody to pick up the pieces!'
Before we got to the street door, Startop was cheerily calling Drummle "old boy," as if nothing had happened.
"It's my first and last battle, old boy," said the latter, with intense gloom.
Jerry patted me on the neck: "No, Jack, a shilling would not pay for that sort of thing, would it, old boy?"
'What's the use of shooting wide of the mark, eh, old boy!' cried Hugh.
Get some more port, Bowls, old boy, whilst I buzz this bottle-here.
And now, Sydney, old boy, I want to say a word to YOU about YOUR prospects.