attaboy
interjection Etymology: probably alteration of that's the boy Date: 1909 — used to express encouragement, approval, or admiration

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  • attaboy — 1909, probably from common pronunciation of that s the boy! a cheer of encouragement or approval …   Etymology dictionary

  • attaboy — [at′ə boi′] interj. Informal indicating approval or encouragement: said to a man or boy: also sp. atta boy …   English World dictionary

  • attaboy — 1. interjection /ăt əboi / Used to show encouragement or approval to a boy or man. Attaboy! Thats the way to hit a home run! 2. noun /ăt əboi / A cry of attaboy ; an accolade …   Wiktionary

  • attaboy — int Well done! Attaboy, Greg. You show them! 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • attaboy — (that a boy) good work, well done, at a boy    Whenever I win, Don says, Attaboy! Good game! …   English idioms

  • attaboy — /at euh boy /, interj. Informal. (used as an enthusiastic expression of encouragement or approval to a boy, man, or male animal.) [1905 10, Amer.; alleged to be a reduced form of that s a boy or that s the boy] * * * …   Universalium

  • Attaboy! — exclamation of approval, urging, encouragement or exhortation addressed to a boy or man …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • attaboy! — Australian Slang exclamation of approval, urging, encouragement or exhortation addressed to a boy or man …   English dialects glossary

  • attaboy — at|ta|boy [ ætə,bɔı ] interjection used for showing that you want to encourage a boy or man to do something. This can be considered offensive if used towards a black man or boy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • attaboy — at·ta·boy || ætÉ™bɔɪ interj. there you go!, that s right!, good job! …   English contemporary dictionary

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