Definition of old boy in English:

old boy


  • 1British A former male student of a school or college.

    ‘an old boy of Banbury County School’
    • ‘Mr Watson's father and grandfather were old boys of Giggleswick School and his father was also a chairman of governors.’
    • ‘One higher official in the education ministry said the government doesn't have the money and that it is the responsibility of the teachers, parents and old boys to find suitable land for the school.’
    • ‘They are for the most part Anglo Saxon, private school old boys and girls hogging whatever gigs offer the most money and status.’
    • ‘An old boy of St. Aloysius College, Galle, his first love was cricket.’
    • ‘Two distinguished old boys of Winchester College received a rousing reception from present students on Friday.’
    • ‘The Academy old boys have followed differing academic paths and I have wasted no time in making my feelings known to them about their continuing education.’
    • ‘Having spent three nights on Dublin streets, the old boys of Belvedere College reported a record charity collection.’
    • ‘Years later, my Durban state school, Northlands, had two old boys on opposing sides in a test: Robin Smith for England, Shaun Pollock for South Africa.’
    • ‘The Geelong Amateur Football Club was conceived in 1926 as the club for old boys of Geelong College and Geelong Grammar.’
    • ‘One of Aysgarth Preparatory School's most famous old boys has returned to meet pupils and tell them about his achievements.’
    • ‘Royal College Class of 69 is a group of old boys who entered grade eight from junior school to Royal College.’
    • ‘The Town Mayor, an old boy of the school, will be at Twickenham to cheer the team on.’
    • ‘The Bury Grammar School old boy has held the post since 1993 and earns £123,000 a year.’
    • ‘Irish painter O'Conor, whose work has often been compared with that of Monet's, was an old boy of Ampleforth School, in North Yorkshire.’
    • ‘A Happy Christmas to all pupils, old boys and parents from the staff of St Spinner's.’
    • ‘We have invited three old boys of the college to grace this occasion to honour their alma mater.’
    • ‘Because of last year's riots in Oldham, police have appealed for calm following the attack on an old boy of Whitworth High School.’
    • ‘One of Summerhill College's most famous old boys has given some immortal words to the English language.’
    • ‘His name is on a Roll of Honour of old boys from the now long gone Swindon High School for boys who gave their lives for their country.’
    • ‘But the school old boys made an immediate reply.’
    male parent, begetter, patriarch, paterfamilias
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    1. 1.1 A former male member of a sports team or company.
      ‘the White Hart Lane old boy squared the ball to present an easy chance from 12 yards’
      • ‘An old boy of Dharmasoka he later played for Ananda and Bloomfield with much success.’
      • ‘Hatters old boy Kevin Cooper came back to haunt Stockport as Wimbledon ran out 2-1 winners at Edgeley Park.’
      • ‘Due to the K.O. ‘A’ div. tournament beginning shortly some of the old boys playing for their respective clubs will not be touring.’
      • ‘‘There are a few of our old boys at Frickley and they will know all about our players and our system but it is up to us to prevent that giving them an advantage,’ said the manager.’
      • ‘Madanayake, an old boy of Kingswood Kandy led the team with much success.’
      • ‘The match kicks off at 2.15 pm at Trinity Road and is between the present U-Save and Eastern United / U-Save old boys.’
      • ‘Manchester, now coached by former Sale stalwart Dave Baldwin, will use a 25-strong squad that should include Sale old boys Andy Whittle and Chris Wright.’
      • ‘You can't begin to connect with the Tour the way Lafargue and the two old boys at the Bayonne bike shop do if you can't sit and reminisce vividly about some of the great duels of the past.’
      • ‘With the interest shown by the lads and the encouragement given by the old boys, nothing is impossible.’
      • ‘Barrow boy Wilkie has been in a wheelchair since crashing at Hyde Road Stadium in 1979 and several Belle Vue old boys are expected to be involved in the meeting.’
      • ‘Now, they hope to ‘re-sign’ a host of old boys to take part in a testimonial game they're planning for club captain Brian Pritchard on Sunday May 5.’
      • ‘I always cry on 11 November, at the Cenotaph, when the old boys march by with their backs as straight as they can get them and with their medals clinking.’
      • ‘Ingle is also excited about the imminent arrivals of his American signings plus the possibility of the return to Manchester of a Giants old boy.’
      • ‘Once he has sold out, your boss most likely will try to put one of his old boys in charge of at least haft your job, maybe the whole shooting match.’
      • ‘Both former Wildcats paused, smiled, and did what any two old boys would do, they gave each other the finger.’
      • ‘There he was coached by former Lancashire and England opener Graeme Fowler, who steered him in the direction of Old Trafford - where he has linked up with Durham old boys Mark Chilton and Ryan Driver.’
  • 2informal An elderly man.

    ‘he slipped a shilling into the old boy's palm’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1British An affectionate form of address to a boy or man.
      ‘‘Look here, old boy,’ he said’
      • ‘What an awful nuisance, old boy, to have to spend a good hour of your day blithely deleting the concerns of your riff raff constituents.’
      • ‘‘Glad to have you in the land of the living, old boy,’ Azzopardi says, good-natured.’
      • ‘Have a round to steady your nerves, old boy, then into the breach.’
      • ‘‘Being heroic was never in my reasoning, old boy,’ he insists.’
      • ‘‘Look here, old boy,’ the British Museum's director urges a Harvard professor who shares his compartment.’
      • ‘It's drinks at seven, dinner at eight, and up for the game drive at 5.30 am sharp, old boy.’
      • ‘You and me both, old boy, Deran thought, sighing much as the horse had.’
      • ‘If you're still down there, old boy, my heart goes out to you, it really does.’
      • ‘Sometimes when I get up in the morning, I say, don't let it get you, old boy.’
      • ‘Jack is now trying to teach Jackson to say ‘Pongo, old boy!’’
      • ‘You must try a slice of this, Aggers, old boy.’
      • ‘I mean to say, old boy, poor Robbie will move off to another free meal.’
      • ‘Sorry for your bad spot of luck, old boy, but that's the way the cake, or should I say The Radish, crumbles!’
      • ‘Well, what the deuce are you waiting for, old boy?’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Perhaps he thought to tell his colleague ‘Tough luck, old boy.’’
      • ‘The barrister bought me several glasses of bubbly - ‘Here, old boy, have some of the Old Widow’ in the conviction that it was an antidote for flu.’
      • ‘‘Don't worry, old boy, I'm not gonna leave you out here without taking care of you,’ I said quietly.’
      • ‘I can't go around each time and say, ‘Look, old boy, did you ask any pertinent questions?’’
      • ‘Sorry to have to clean you out, old boy, but others less fortunate than yourself have a much greater need for your erstwhile plenty.’
      man, my friend
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old boy

/ˈəʊld ˌbɔɪ/