Definition of schoolboy in English:



  • 1A boy attending school.

    [as modifier] ‘schoolboy cricketers’
    • ‘From the age of 11, he was living a schoolboy's dream.’
    • ‘Following the establishment of compulsory elementary education in 1872, a growing number of children attended classes, but schoolgirls remained fewer in number than schoolboys.’
    • ‘Between rallies of intense project chatter, they paused to scrutinize me, murmuring and smirking like schoolboys at a junior high dance.’
    • ‘In parliament he resembles an overgrown schoolboy, chafing at his collar and tie.’
    • ‘Now every schoolboy knows that in the vacuum of space there is no sound.’
    • ‘A group of young American schoolboys from a military academy are stranded on a tropical island after a plane the boys were traveling in crashed into the sea.’
    • ‘Darby has the wide-eyed, infectious humour of an overgrown schoolboy.’
    • ‘The schoolboys of classical Athens memorized the Homeric passages that taught the classical virtues.’
    • ‘They're acting like a couple of schoolboys caught playing tricks on the teacher.’
    • ‘A 15-year-old schoolboy has been hailed a hero after tackling a mugger.’
    • ‘Holly was right too; he did remind me of an English schoolboy.’
    • ‘Inside the stadium, old men clambered to their seats in the top row with the enthusiasm of schoolboys, and the younger bunch, their visages painted, waltzed with the infectious rhythm that is synonymous with the islanders.’
    • ‘The process of his transformation from English public schoolboy to American citizen is all but complete.’
    • ‘By contrast, the judges and commissioners now being appointed to police MPs are empowered to exercise unquestioned authority from the moral high ground, like a headmaster disciplining squabbling schoolboys.’
    • ‘They were no older than she was and reminded her of two errant schoolboys.’
    • ‘Every schoolboy knows that it is possible to be unsure about a mathematical truth.’
    • ‘Scotland, as every schoolboy knows, provided the shock troops of the British empire.’
    • ‘There is a drug enforcement commission that also spends sleepless nights and yet schoolboys and girls choose to ignore such timely advice.’
    • ‘Before I could protest or even defend myself, she left in search of the overgrown schoolboy.’
    • ‘I feel like the naughty schoolboy who's been called to the headmistress's office.’
    youngster, young one, little one, boy, girl
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    1. 1.1[as modifier]Characteristic of or associated with schoolboys.
      ‘schoolboy humour’
      • ‘But these schoolboy verses, remarkable as they are, show little indication of the extraordinary style of 18 Poems.’
      • ‘The audience becomes preoccupied with this sort of schoolboy brawl.’
      • ‘In union they changed the rules, trying to get referees particularly at schoolboy level to make the scrum safer; is there any evidence of that preventing injuries?’
      • ‘In the macho world of grown-up schoolboy car freaks, no fate is worse than that of spinning a car in front of your peers.’
      • ‘All childish schoolboy humour, no doubt, but we enjoyed it enormously and laughed ourselves silly.’
      • ‘It'll be your way of reminding people that you haven't really changed since those schoolboy days of yore, that you're still the same crazy guy at heart.’
      • ‘I hadn't realised how many guys had schoolboy crushes on Wonder Woman so when I walked on set looking a bit like her, their jaws just dropped.’
      • ‘Although it won't be the last time he tours in Ireland, don't miss this extra chance to check out his hilarious, acutely observed anecdotes and cheeky schoolboy humour.’
      • ‘The Brits, with their propensity for schoolboy humour and scatology, deal with the subject by uproarious laughter.’
      • ‘Spending more than an hour greeting a well-behaved group that queued with schoolboy grins, she lavished her attention on the well-deserved throng with photos and autographs.’
      • ‘My sense is that Orwell had a head full of poems, most of them accumulated in schoolboy days and soon afterwards when he must have done prodigious reading.’
      • ‘Could the competitiveness of schoolboy games be fuelled by over-the-top media coverage, one wonders?’
      • ‘That's maybe it, muddled up as it was with schoolboy ideas of roaming the world's seas on endless adventures.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, his screw-ups would make ours look like schoolboy pranks.’
      • ‘Jack progresses from schoolboy actor to movie star.’
      • ‘Worried sick about their youngest beloved, mum and dad breathe a sigh of relief when long term schoolboy chum and well respected local policeman, Nino, moves in with him.’
      • ‘We are on the lovers' side, and yet as Gaveston schemes betrayal from the word go, and as Spencer comes tumbling after him in Edward's affections, we sense more schoolboy crush than heartfelt passion.’
      • ‘More dubious than any of these schoolboy larks is the lengthy section of tragedy-as-farce set in present-day Lithuania.’
      • ‘His lawyer described the incident as "a schoolboy prank" that got out of hand.’
      • ‘When he extended his hand for me to use as leverage I got the slight impression that yes, he did have some form of schoolboy crush on me.’