highboy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n highboy a tall chest of drawers divided into two sections and supported on four legs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Highboy A kind of tall chest of drawers, with drawers up to near or above eye level and fouyr legs at the base; it is often divided into lower and upper sections, with the lower section somewhat wider than the upper; also called a tallboy. Compare lowboy. "Mahogany highboys glittering with brass handles."
    • Highboy One who lives high; also, in politics, a highflyer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n highboy An extreme Tory and High-churchman, supposed to favor Jacobitism.
    • n highboy A tall chest of drawers supported on legs from 18 inches to 2 feet high. Those on shorter legs are called low-boys.
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Usage

In literature:

Kent leaned against a tall highboy and laughed weakly, immoderately.
"The Red Seal" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
It was in the Queen Anne period that highboys and lowboys made their first appearance.
"Furnishing the Home of Good Taste" by Lucy Abbot Throop
And there in the wide hall, dusting an old highboy, was the girl with the dark hair.
"Red-Robin" by Jane Abbott
You like the highboy, don't you?
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
There were three stiff chairs, a table, a dresser, and a highboy.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
Polly took an armload of things away from her and put them back in the highboy.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
You know you got those candlesticks thrown in when you bought that highboy and the gate-leg table.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
She ran after him and found him standing before a highboy in his dressing room.
"The Indian Drum" by William MacHarg
Opposite the highboy is an old-fashioned kitchen dresser, part of which was found in the house, and the rest designed to match.
"Historic Homes" by Mary H. Northend
These came to be designated as "lowboys" in distinction from the chests mounted upon high legs, which were known as "highboys.
"Colonial Homes and Their Furnishings" by Mary H. Northend
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In poetry:

Before his patent scraper sold
Old Highboys used to beat them all!
See what Society has done—
He's holding her cashmere shawl!
"Vers De Societe" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
"My friend, young Highboys, have you met?"
"O yes: how do? good brandy here!"
The wretch's mother, in her youth,
Was famous for her beer!
"Vers De Societe" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

Philadelphia Highboy , ca 1765 PBS.
It takes a little madness to build a '29 Ford highboy phaeton from a sedan.
One man's hot-rod ideal Finding a 1932 Ford highboy roadster in Texas turns into a dream for Terry Scroggin.
Leigh and Leslie Keno examine a highboy to determine what kind of wood it is constructed of during Roadshow's visit to Orlando , Florida on June 30, 2007.
Zack Norman's '32 Highboy Roadster Is All Platinum Bomb.
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