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Boy, n.1 [ME. boy(e, boi, MDu. booi, Fris. and LG. boi.] A youth acting as a servant, attendant, or groom; a lad or boy in general. c1420 Wynt. iii. 457.
The boy that hym kepyt thare
Ib. 464.
The boy … Sampson at a pyllare set
c1475 Wall. ix. 1293.
All hym allayn, bot a boy that was thar
1485 Acta Conc. *107/1.
The somes clamyt … for boys wagis and hors liffra
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 15.
Tham to serf thai had nocht bot ane boy
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 225.
Than rynis thow doun the gait, with gild of boyis
Id. Tua Mar. W. 330.
I broddit him to all boyis laubour
1517 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 171.
That nane … send any lads, boyes, or seruands oppinlie [etc.]
1535 Stewart 49785.
Bairdis and boyis, and knaifis makand cummer
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 208.
He sall haue dailie, to him and his bois, ane point aile
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 245.
The boy quhilk was input in the tolbuith for the steling of the Quenis … siluer plait
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 545.
Quhair hunders wount ȝour faders to conuoye, Now will ȝe ryde with ane man and ane boye
a1578 Pitsc. II. 38/12.
The Scottis men lyghtit frome thair horse and send [thame] witht thair boyis to the hill heid aboue thame

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