Definition of newsboy in English:



  • A boy who sells or delivers newspapers.

    • ‘Although working-class and middle-class males generally regarded excessive grieving as effeminate, there is little to suggest that newsboys held back tears or felt embarrassed at expressing their sorrow.’
    • ‘His heroes were based on the kind of kids he met as orphaned and impoverished newsboys on the streets of New York City.’
    • ‘The Tsarist authorities raided Pravda's premises, confiscated issues, imposed fines, arrested editors and harassed the newsboys selling the paper.’
    • ‘Bennett was a newsboy and gofer for journalists.’
    • ‘Male children worked as bootblacks and newsboys while girls peddled ‘nice Hot Corn, smoking hot, smoking hot, just from the pot!’’
    • ‘By the turn of the twentieth century there were more than five thousand newsboys in big cities like New York, Boston, and Chicago, and two thousand in smaller cities like Detroit, St. Louis, and Cincinnati.’
    • ‘One observer claimed that newsboys were informally divided into two classes - ‘speculators’ and ‘working bees.’’
    • ‘He avoided factory settings; his heroes were newsboys, bootblacks, and clerks.’
    • ‘Orphaned newsboy Billy Batson became the grown-up Captain Marvel with powers that included gaining super strength by saying ‘Shazam!’’
    • ‘Newspapers were frequently called upon to help bury newsboys.’
    • ‘In his paintings of newsboys, bootblacks, and street urchins, John George Brown sentimentalized urban poverty, while Blythe depicted children smoking, stealing, and fighting.’
    • ‘A newsboy went by shouting something about the Waterbury trial.’
    • ‘The young newsboy has purchased a bunch of violets, signifying fidelity, and has placed them on the newspaper billboard.’
    • ‘Saturday night was especially busy; newsboys in the entertainment districts sold theatrical papers and early Sunday editions long after midnight.’
    • ‘More than 100 years ago, unionized newsboys in New York City waged a successful strike against newspaper barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst.’
    • ‘He was given a ‘grand’ funeral that included a cortège of fifty-six newsboys, six of whom carried his body from the home on Pear Street to St. Joseph's Church.’
    • ‘He, too, published an account of his years among the newsboys and compiled a book of inspirational readings for young people.’
    • ‘Businessmen, shoppers, and tourists elbowed through the 656-foot-long Grand Nave as ferryboat bells chimed and newsboys squawked and, far above, the tower's great clock kept time.’
    • ‘Before they could move, however, a small newsboy, clad in a grey tweed vest and a grey cap, came up to them.’
    • ‘Cartoon sequences, man on the street interviews, golf balls, skits and a breathless newsboy are among the other tricks used.’