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A houseboy (alternatively spelled as houseboi) was a term which referred to a typically male domestic worker or personal assistant who performed cleaning and other forms of personal chores. The term has a record of being used in the British Empire, military slang, and the male LGBT community.

British Empire[]

Historically, houseboy was a term used in the British Empire for a male domestic servant. He was usually, but not always, a native person who worked for a British family living in the non-British regions of the empire. A female housecleaner was termed a housegirl. Both sexes often wore uniform, due to their status as domestic servants.[citation needed]

Military slang[]

Houseboy was also used as an American slang term originating in the Second World War for a young teenager who helped American soldiers perform basic responsibilities like cleaning, laundry, ironing, shoe-shining, running errands, etc.[citation needed] The British English term for this occupation was 'Batman'.

Gay culture[]

A houseboy, as used by members of the LGBT community, refers to a young man who performs domestic work, where the employment normally has an erotic, though not necessarily sexual, aspect.[1][2]

In popular culture[]

Houseboys have become a plot device or stock character in literature and film.

See also[]


  1. ^ "Would You Mind Disrobing, James? - NYU Livewire".
  2. ^ "Please check the URL for proper spelling and case sensitivity". Retrieved 2018-09-22.
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