linkboy
noun Date: 1652 an attendant formerly employed to bear a light for a person on the streets at night

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Linkboy — Link boy (l[i^][ng]k boi ), Linkman Link man (l[i^][ng]k m[a^]n), n. [See 1st {Link}.] A boy or man that carried a link or torch to light passengers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • linkboy — [liŋ′mən] n. pl. linkmen [liŋ′mənliŋk′boi΄] n. a boy or man formerly hired to carry a link, or torch, to light a person s way at night: also linkman [liŋ′mən] n. linkmen [liŋ′mən] * * * …   Universalium

  • linkboy — [liŋ′mən] n. pl. linkmen [liŋ′mənliŋk′boi΄] n. a boy or man formerly hired to carry a link, or torch, to light a person s way at night: also linkman [liŋ′mən] n. linkmen [liŋ′mən] …   English World dictionary

  • linkboy — noun male servant or other attendant (regardless of age), employed to bear a torch or other light abroad at night Syn: linkman, torchbearer …   Wiktionary

  • linkboy — n. boy or man hired to carry a torch to light the way for passengers or pedestrians …   English contemporary dictionary

  • linkboy — /ˈlɪŋkbɔɪ/ (say lingkboy) noun (formerly) a boy hired to carry a torch for a pedestrian on dark streets. Also, linkman …   Australian English dictionary

  • linkboy — noun (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets • Syn: ↑linkman • Hypernyms: ↑attendant, ↑attender, ↑tender * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : an attendant formerly employed to be …   Useful english dictionary

  • Linkman — Linkboy Link boy (l[i^][ng]k boi ), Linkman Link man (l[i^][ng]k m[a^]n), n. [See 1st {Link}.] A boy or man that carried a link or torch to light passengers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Link-boy — A link boy (or link boy or linkboy) was a boy who carried a flaming torch to light the way for pedestrians at night. Linkboys were common in London in the days before street lighting. The linkboy s fee was commonly one farthing, and the torch was …   Wikipedia

  • linkman — noun Date: 1716 1. linkboy 2. British a broadcasting moderator or anchorman …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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