garden boy

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Noun[edit]

garden boy (plural garden boys)

  1. (South Africa, dated) A male gardener (of any age).
    • 1933, R. E. Boddam-Whetham, A garden in the veld, page 126:
      So there are more garden boys. The two old faithfuls, John and Soufel, and one or two extra boys as they can be spared from the farm work: boys who come, receive instruction, and just when they begin to know a little, go away again.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term may now cause offence.