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n. Chiefly British
A boy or man who works in an inn or a public house serving customers and doing chores.


(ˈpɒtˌbɔɪ) or


n, pl -boys or -men
(Historical Terms) chiefly Brit (esp formerly) a youth or man employed at a public house to serve beer, etc
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Noun1.potboy - a worker in an inn or public house who serves customers and does various chores
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job
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The potboy at the corner, who is a privileged amateur, as possessing official knowledge of life and having to deal with drunken men occasionally, exchanges confidential communications with the policeman and has the appearance of an impregnable youth, unassailable by truncheons and unconfinable in station-houses.
The unaccustomed visitor from outside, naturally assumed everybody here to be prisoners--landlord, waiter, barmaid, potboy, and all.
Then,' said Mr Gregsbury, 'it would be necessary for him to make himself acquainted, from day to day, with newspaper paragraphs on passing events; such as "Mysterious disappearance, and supposed suicide of a potboy," or anything of that sort, upon which I might found a question to the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
Greater wonder than these, when a bottle-nosed person in a glazed hat had after some considerable hesitation ordered another glass of gin and water of the attendant potboy, and when Miss Abbey, instead of sending it, appeared in person, saying, 'Captain Joey, you have had as much as will do you good,' not only did the captain feebly rub his knees and contemplate the fire without offering a word of protest, but the rest of the company murmured, 'Ay, ay, Captain
NICK managed to control himself and grabbed a mug of ale from a passing potboy.
And Pineapple Poll features the comic love knot of Poll, swashbuckling Captain Belaye, Jasper the potboy of the local inn and the beautiful Blanche.
With little schooling but greatly self-taught, Clare worked around Helpston as a thresher with his father, as ploughboy, or potboy in an inn, or weeding, tending horses, gardening, shoemaking, lime-burning.