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old boy

Syllabification: old boy

Definition of old boy in English:

noun

1British A former male pupil of a school, college, or university.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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