Definition of boat-boy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbəʊtbɔɪ/


  • 1A boy engaged to help to operate or pilot a boat; a boatman's assistant or apprentice.

  • 2Roman Catholic Church Christian Church
    An altar boy who carries the incense boat during services, accompanying the thurifer carrying the censer.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Nathaniel Whiting (d. 1682), satirist and nonconformist minister. From boat + boy.