callboy

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

call +‎ boy

Noun[edit]

callboy (plural callboys)

  1. (euphemistic) A male prostitute.
  2. (dated) A bellhop.
  3. (theater) A boy or man who summons actors when their presence is required for a performance.
  4. (Philippines, slang) A public transport barker (a man, who for a fee, calls out the destination of jeepneys and buses)
  5. (humorous) A man who works as a call center agent. (see usage notes)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Only when referring to oneself or to friends and colleagues in the call center industry.

See also[edit]

Translations[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Cebuano: callboy

References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.
  • Zorc, R. David; San Miguel, Rachel (1993) Tagalog Slang Dictionary[1], Manila: De La Salle University Press, →ISBN, page 28

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English callboy.

Noun[edit]

callboy

  1. a male prostitute
  2. (humorous) a man who works as a call center agent (see usage notes)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Only when referring to oneself or to friends and colleagues in the call center industry.

Coordinate terms[edit]