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.

  • 2Roman 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/