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body servant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n body servant a valet or personal maid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Body servant a valet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Body servant a personal attendant
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bodig, of dubious origin.

Usage

In literature:

He seemed more like a country groom than a gentleman's body servant.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Winter started at the sight, unable to repress a cry, for before him was the body of his servant.
"The Fifth of November" by Charles S. Bentley
With a difference, there will be room for a vast body of servants in the Socialist State.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
He's able-bodied now, and might be a match for all the servants.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
I'm your body-servant, Mr. Anne, or else I'm nothink.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In this silken shroud she wrapped the small, sad body of the slain bird and gave it in charge of a trusty servant to bear to her lover.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
He then shaved himself before a glass held in position by his body-servant, the Mameluke Rustan.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Sitting thus one day, he was approached by his body-servant.
"Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches" by Joel Chandler Harris
So he ordered his servants to take her to the jungle and kill her, and throw her body away.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
I waited on him as a body servant, a private in the U.S. Army.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Doctor Platt, dat good ole man, yo' know, and Franklin, his body-servant, as sabed yo' from de fire, yo' know.
"Dainty's Cruel Rivals" by Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
I passed for his body servant, but I was rather his friend.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
The devil evidently laid claim to the body of God's servant.
"Studies in Prophecy" by Arno C. Gaebelein
He was my grandfather's body servant, and went all through the war with him.
"The Girl from Arizona" by Nina Rhoades
The old servants were standing on the steps to receive the body of their master.
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susanna Moodie
He sent his body-servant away and retired to his room alone.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
The custodian of the gallery had been Canova's body-servant, and he loved to talk of his master.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 119, September, 1867" by Various
Nay, now thou laughest at me; but believe me I am still heart and soul and body thy most devoted servant.
"Valeria" by William Henry Withrow
Her brother, attempting to stop the carriage in which they were setting out for Paris, was slain by the count's body-servant.
"In the Day of Adversity" by John Bloundelle-Burton
Matilda looked out at the window, and saw some servants carrying the body of a wounded man across the bridge.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
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In poetry:

The blind hound with a mournful din
Lifts slow his wintry head;
The servants bear the body in;
The hounds wail for the dead.
"The Ballad Of The Foxhunter" by William Butler Yeats
Father! let thy servant's prayer
From thine altar rise to thee!
Make his body's health thy care;
Keep his spirit pure and free!
"Hymns For Ordination and Installation XI" by John Pierpont
Thy servant, Lord! beneath thy wings defend,
And screen me there from ev'ry rude alarm;
Neither permit, by any means, the fiend
To do my soul, or body, any harm.
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A beloved Ferguson public servant passed away suddenly on Friday, leaving a hole not just in the town's governing body but in its heart as well.
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