- (dated) A plasterer's (male) attendant who supplied him with mortar.
1867, Arthur Ashpitel, Treatise on Architecture:
- The hawk boy's server is about the size and shape of a common garden hoe, but the handle is in the direction of the instrument.
1879, The Builder, page 1301:
- Whenever any mischief or damage was done, rightly or wrongly, the plasterers' hawk-boys always had the credit of it. The plasterers of London should rejoice that the hawk-boys are abolished.
1905, William Millar, Plastering: Plain and Decorative, page 550:
- In London and the South of England plasterers formerly had attendants called "hawk-boys," each pair of plasterers having one to wait upon them. The hawk-boy's duty was to knock up and gauge all the materials, keep the men's tools clean, look after the warming of their meals, and serve the materials when gauged.