Definition of errand boy in US English:

errand boy

noun

dated
  • 1A boy employed in a shop or office to make deliveries and run other errands.

    • ‘Here women took on all the roles from errand boy to tradesman to love-struck lord so naturally and efficiently that it almost surprised me things had not always been run this way!’
    • ‘Those in service jobs such as clerks, errand boys, messengers and telegraph operators represented another eight percent.’
    • ‘Victor falls hard for the stunning Gracia, a star attraction at the Don's club, and Pascual offers Silvio a job as driver and errand boy for the owner of a strip club.’
    • ‘After his expulsion, Roger began working as an errand boy for the local sheriff's office but was fired when they found out that he was stealing candy from the office leukemia fund-raising box.’
    • ‘At first, Alic worked as an errand boy, doing Danilo's bidding on a day-by-day basis.’
    • ‘It was the Frenchman's way of punishing Robby for treating him like an errand boy.’
    • ‘Instead, he worked as an errand boy for a bookbinder called Riebau.’
    • ‘The errand boy of a dealer spends his days bouncing between his girlfriend and his paranoid boss.’
    • ‘But Edmund had noticed that she had sent an errand boy to pick up various presents that she had spotted in town.’
    • ‘I was made to be an assassin, on my own and doing things my way, not someone's errand boy.’
    • ‘The police were informed, and the defendant was arrested, the shop proprietor testified that they had been her slippers, and that the defendant was formerly her errand boy.’
    • ‘Last to be reassigned here, so I end up the errand boy.’
    • ‘Efforts are also made to appoint a common plumber or electrician, someone to iron clothes or even employ an errand boy.’
    • ‘When he graduated high school, he became an errand boy on a soap opera, then a writer.’
    • ‘Euclide was a 12-year-old black kid who worked as a hustler, guide and errand boy.’
    • ‘In the early 1970s, he worked as an errand boy for a garment factory.’
    • ‘She also pays the bills which the errand boy had been insistently presenting.’
    • ‘Kahn, whose practice continues in business today, started out as an errand boy for the Detroit firm, working his way up to become chief draughtsman, with no formal training whatsoever.’
    • ‘Harry Pratt left school at 14 to work as an errand boy for the Gazette, and was soon promoted to the role of chief stamp-licker.’
    1. 1.1informal A man who is in the lowest rank of an organization.
      ‘Louis was Harry's errand boy, a gofer’
      • ‘Within a short space of time he had become an unofficial political errand boy for the administration and a co-partner in its crimes.’
      • ‘Now you're the errand boy for a potential coach, who is eager to claim credit for cleaning up a mess you created, and you might never make another personnel decision again.’
      • ‘The judge believes he was acting like a flunkey and errand boy for the government by backing its anti-democratic terror legislation.’
      • ‘What was his answer to the question, ‘He was your errand boy, you were the ringmaster’?’
      • ‘For the most part, I have settled into the role of an eager if socially-awkward errand boy, much as Jerry Lewis did before me, collecting mail, biking to the copy center and doing a fair amount of Internet research.’
      • ‘Last year, he served as Washington's errand boy in presenting a motion denouncing Cuba before the United Nations Human Rights Commission.’
      • ‘Afterwards, he eked out a living as Mafia errand boy and dope dealer before being found dead in Las Vegas, in 1970, with an ounce of heroin, a glass of vodka, a crucifix and a gun.’
      • ‘My mother liked to have me around - being the only girl, I served as a cross between maid and errand boy.’
      • ‘Neeley works in Manhattan as an errand boy for a broker friend of Sissy's, John.’
      • ‘But Smith repeats the unfair assertion, first made by Mulroney's errand boy, that the blame for its defeat falls squarely on other shoulders.’
      • ‘Framed for her murder, Hammond tries to track down his son, but winds up becoming a reluctant errand boy for Jolson to ensure his child's survival.’
      • ‘The arrested man, who supposedly served as an errand boy of the group, has confessed to placing the parcel bomb outside the airport on the orders of the detained suspects.’
      • ‘It was that or become everyone's glorified errand boy, being used where needed.’
      • ‘I want members of the Committee to be absolutely clear about this: this is a union-driven initiative, and this man is just the errand boy.’

Pronunciation

errand boy

/ˈerənd ˌboi/