Postboy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Postboy A boy who carries letters from the post.
    • Postboy One who rides post horses; a position; a courier.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postboy A boy who rides post; a boy or man who carries mail; the driver of a post-chaise; a postilion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Postboy a boy that rides posthorses, or who carries letters
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. poste—L. ponĕre, positum, to place.

Usage

In literature:

An hour had been lost, and he met his postboys returning from Clermont.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The postboy clanked his whip, the chaise rattled off.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
She was followed by Mr. and Mrs. Low, as soon as the postboy could let down the steps.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
Then there came a postboy galloping on horseback, and the truth was known.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
The postboy clanked his whip, the chaise rattled off.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
None of them are old; old reporters are only met with where dead donkeys and departed postboys are common.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
We shall have the postboy striking for double pay if Miss Avory's correspondents don't hold their hand.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
Little Snap, the Postboy.
"Sturdy and Strong" by G. A. Henty
A robbery from these postboys carrying the mails between London and Bristol was a common occurrence.
"The Bristol Royal Mail" by R. C. Tombs
A postboy came out of the tap, and stood staring.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
Well, the postboy won't wait, or something has gone wrong.
"The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
You remember Jack, that was postboy at the Clanbrazil Arms.
"The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)" by Charles James Lever
The postboy dismounted, and rang the bell.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 3, June, 1851" by Various
He had the air of a postboy run to seed.
"Ovington's Bank" by Stanley J. Weyman
Put a red waistcoat on old Sam the postboy, and he'd sit by and see as well as another!
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
Suddenly one of the postboys found a voice.
"Sophia" by Stanley J. Weyman
And the postboys who looked for a golden tip?
"The Great House" by Stanley J. Weyman
One of the postboys concerned stated in his declaration that his whole wages were 5s.
"The Royal Mail" by James Wilson Hyde
Yet there was time, if the coachman and postboys did their best, and the promise of gold was tempting.
"The Mercenary" by W. J. Eccott
Tell those postboys to go slower.
"Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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In poetry:

Our baggage totters on its roof,
Of Vanity and Care,
As Hope, the postboy, spurs each hoof,
Or heavy-eyed Despair.
"At The Sign Of The Skull" by Madison Julius Cawein
Away went Gilpin, and away
Went postboy at his heels,
The postboy’s horse right glad to miss
The lumbering of the wheels.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Six gentlemen upon the road
Thus seeing Gilpin fly,
With postboy scampering in the rear,
They raised the hue and cry: &mdash:
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper