Meaning of “cabin boy” in the English Dictionary

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"cabin boy" in English

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cabin boynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæb.ɪn ˌbɔɪ/ us /ˈkæb.ɪn ˌbɔɪ/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • He felt glad that he had elected to be a sailor, even though he began as an humble cabin boy. 
  • I was the oldest, so I went to Belfast and got a billet on board ship as cabin boy. 
  • Ned Rogers, a "down-east" plucky lad ships as cabin boy to earn a livelihood. 
  • One day he beat me and I ran away and shipped as cabin boy on a sailing vessel bound for Liverpool. 
  • There were nine men in the water, while the cabin boy stood shivering on deck. 

(Definition of “cabin boy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)