Meaning of “errand boy” in the English Dictionary

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"errand boy" in British English

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errand boynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈer.ənd ˌbɔɪ/ us /ˈer.ənd ˌbɔɪ/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • A retired merchant in New York secures him the situation of errand boy, and thereafter stands as his friend. 
  • He began his career as an errand boy in a law office. 
  • He had no wish to deprive the errand boy of the two dollars a week, which he probably richly earned. 
  • He is fourteen years old and employed as errand boy in a business house in New York. 
  • He worked in a shipyard for a bit, then I took him as a sort of errand boy and porter. 

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