busboy
noun Etymology: omnibus busboy Date: 1913 a waiter's assistant; specifically one who removes dirty dishes and resets tables in a restaurant

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Busboy — Busboys or busgirls or S.A. , increasingly referred to as bussers, workin the restaurant and catering industry clearing dirty dishes, taking the dirty dishes to the dishwasher, setting tables, and otherwise assisting the waiting staff. [(2004.)… …   Wikipedia

  • busboy — 1913, from BUS (Cf. bus) (v.) in the restaurant sense + BOY (Cf. boy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • busboy — ☆ busboy [bus′boi΄ ] n. a worker in a restaurant who sets and clears tables, brings water, etc …   English World dictionary

  • busboy — UK [ˈbʌsˌbɔɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms busboy : singular busboy plural busboys American a boy or man who removes dirty dishes from the tables in a restaurant …   English dictionary

  • busboy — /ˈbʌsbɔɪ/ (say busboy) noun Originally US a waiter s helper in a restaurant, club, etc. {(omni)bus (meaning all purpose ) + boy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • busboy — /bus boy /, n. a waiter s helper in a restaurant or other public dining room. Also, bus boy. [1910 15, Amer.; bus short for omnibus waiter s helper (see OMNIBUS) + BOY] * * * …   Universalium

  • busboy — noun Assistant waiter; one who clears plates from and cleans tables; one who buses See Also: busgirl, busser, bussing station …   Wiktionary

  • busboy — Synonyms and related words: Aquarius, Ganymede, Hebe, barkeep, barkeeper, barmaid, barman, bartender, bearer, bheesty, caddie, cargo handler, carhop, carrier, carrier pigeon, carter, common carrier, conveyer, coolie, counterman, cupbearer,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • busboy — bus|boy [ˈbʌsbɔı] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: omnibus helper in a restaurant (19 20 centuries) (from Latin; OMNIBUS1) + boy] AmE a young man whose job is to take away dirty dishes from the tables in a restaurant …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • busboy — bus|boy [ bʌs,bɔı ] noun count AMERICAN a boy or man who removes dirty dishes from the tables in a restaurant …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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