Definition of shoeblack in English:


Syllabification: shoe·black
Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞oˌblak


dated , chiefly British
A person who shines the shoes of passersby for payment.
More example sentences
  • We see shoeblacks and lamplighters with their tools and utensils; and milkmaids, fruit sellers and prostitutes touting their wares.
  • Two seemingly harmless and careless shoeblacks turn out to be gloomy crooks with a dirty plan to rob a bank courier.
  • Unemployment is high and many people support themselves with badly paid work in the ‘informal sector’ as shoeblacks or street vendors.

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