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.