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busboy Syllabification: bus·boy
Pronunciation: /ˈbəsˌboi/

Definition of busboy in English:


North American
A young man who clears tables in a restaurant or cafeteria.
Example sentences
  • At the nearby Desert Diner, dishes clatter as busboys set tables for the lunch crowd and crank the fireplace to a high blaze.
  • The soundtrack for dinner was created by two busboys clearing 80 settings in the banquet room.
  • They were named for their absent Mexican father, Juan Roberto, a restaurant busboy aspiring to be an architect, who ran away from babies he wasn't old enough to handle.


Late 19th century: shortening of omnibus + boy.

Words that rhyme with busboy

bootboy • newsboy
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