Definition of old boy in English:

old boy

Syllabification: old boy


  • 1British A former male pupil of a school, college, or university.
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    • Two distinguished old boys of Winchester College received a rousing reception from present students on Friday.
    • The Geelong Amateur Football Club was conceived in 1926 as the club for old boys of Geelong College and Geelong Grammar.
    • Having spent three nights on Dublin streets, the old boys of Belvedere College reported a record charity collection.
  • 1.1A former male member of a sports team, company, or other organization.
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    • Madanayake, an old boy of Kingswood Kandy led the team with much success.
    • Due to the K.O. ‘A’ div. tournament beginning shortly some of the old boys playing for their respective clubs will not be touring.
    • Hatters old boy Kevin Cooper came back to haunt Stockport as Wimbledon ran out 2-1 winners at Edgeley Park.
  • 2 informal An elderly man.
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    • That provincial England closed at nightfall, save for two bingo halls and some old boys playing dominoes in the snug.
    • You might not want so much detail but Montgomery was later a Roslyn Heights, Long Island neighbor of mine so I feel the old boy deserves some ink from me.
    • Just before we began, the old boy who was firing the luminous plastic targets, wanders past me and says bashfully ‘I think you've got the wrong eye closed’.
  • 2.1 humorous An affectionate form of address to a boy or man.
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    • A useful word, which may be used when someone fails to remember your name: ‘That's OK, old boy, we all tartle at some time or other.’
    • ‘Being heroic was never in my reasoning, old boy,’ he insists.
    • Well, what the deuce are you waiting for, old boy?

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