Definition of boat-boy in English:

boat-boy

noun

  • 1A boy engaged to help to operate or pilot a boat; a boatman's assistant or apprentice.

  • 2Anglican Church Roman Catholic Church
    Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church. An altar boy who carries the incense boat during services, accompanying the thurifer carrying the censer.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Nathaniel Whiting (d. 1682), satirist and nonconformist minister. From boat + boy. With sense 1 compare earlier ship-boy.

Pronunciation

boat-boy

/ˈbəʊtbɔɪ/