One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A schoolboy during his first term(s) at a school. Also (in extended use): a (young) man newly come into a given situation or social environment, a newcomer.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Dickens (1812–1870), novelist. From new + boy [interjection].
new boy/ˈnjuː bɔɪ/
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