boot + black
bootblack (plural bootblacks)
- (dated) A shoeshine boy; a person who shines shoes as an occupation.
1922, Sinclair Lewis, “24”, in Babbitt:
- The young negro bootblack hummed "The Camp Meeting Blues" and polished in rhythm to his tune, drawing the shiny shoe-rag so taut at each stroke that it snapped like a banjo string.
bootblack (third-person singular simple present bootblacks, present participle bootblacking, simple past and past participle bootblacked)
- (transitive) To shine shoes.