potboy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n potboy a worker in an inn or public house who serves customers and does various chores
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Potboy A boy who carries pots of ale, beer, etc.; a menial in a public house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n potboy A boy or young man who has the charge of beer-pots. An attendant on a bar; a young man who assists the barmaid in serving customers with porter, ale, or beer.
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Usage

In literature:

The potboy has gone to fetch a carpenter.
"The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
Policeman seen to smile to potboy.
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
A potboy could write better narrative.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
He had to pass by the bar, and the barmaid and the potboy looked at him very hard.
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
One is making some very significant motions to the potboy at the "Ram and Radish," and, lo!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, September 12, 1841" by Various
A sleepy potboy went to and fro among the tables, clearing up empty tankards and breakage.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
One is making some very significant motions to the potboy at the "Ram and Radish," and, lo!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
A few customers came into the bar and were served by the sulky potboy, but there was no sign of Cripps.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
There were others who traced a friendship between the potboy at The Duchess and a son of one of the messengers.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
So the housemaid keeps company with the potboy without consulting her own people.
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
To gratify her sweet grace, I'll turn potboy, and wait upon the gossips of the tap.
"The White Gauntlet" by Mayne Reid
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