Poorboy vs Buster - What's the difference?

poorboy | buster |


As nouns the difference between poorboy and buster

is that poorboy is (us) while buster is (a specific instance of) buster : guy, dude, fella, mack, buddy, loser.

As a proper noun buster is

or buster can be (male).

poorboy

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (US)
  • buster

    English

    (Buster)

    Alternative forms

    * Buster * -buster

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Someone who or something that bursts, breaks, or destroys a specified thing.
  • * 1614 , S. Jerome, Moses his Sight of Canaan , 147:
  • Now death, I pray thee what is it, but a buster of bonds; a destruction of toyle?
  • * 2005 , J. Madhavan, Sita & Forest Bandits , 122:
  • Rothlin was described... by the papers as the buster of the bandit ring.
  • # .
  • #* 1940 September 2, Life , 29/1:
  • German ‘balloon busters ’ attack the Dover barrage.
  • #* 1958 February 10, Life , 70:
  • Our main purpose in further experimentation with nuclear bombs is not... to make city-busters more horrible.
  • Someone who or something that 'breaks', tames, or overpowers a specified person or thing.
  • # A bronco-buster.
  • #* 1891 July, Harper's Magazine , 208/2
  • The buster must be careful to keep well away from sheds and timber.
  • # (Forming compounds denoting an agent or agency tasked with reducing or eliminating the first element).
  • #* 1920 , F. A. McKenzie, ‘Pussyfoot’ Johnson , v. 83:
  • Men nicknamed him the ‘Booze Buster ’, and cartoonists loved to picture him, revolver in hand,... fighting the demon rum.
  • #* 1974''' July 4, ''New Scientist , 65/2:
  • The professional fraud-busters [of the art world].
  • #* 1984 November 18, N.Y. Times , iv. 24/2:
  • New York City traffic agents have become Gridlock Busters' and cigarette foes are ' smokebusters .
  • Someone]] or something remarkable, especially for being loud, large, [[etc..
  • * 1833 April, Parthenon , 293:
  • ‘I had to clean this old roarer,’ continued the ‘editor’... as he wiped the barrel of his pistol. ‘She's a buster , I tell you.’
  • * 2004 November 20, South Wales Echo , 9:
  • What a buster of a lunch it turned out to be.
  • # : guy, dude, fella, mack, buddy, loser. (Originally as 'old buster' .)
  • #* 1838 March 24, New Yorker , 4/1:
  • That's generous, old buster .
  • #* 1919 , , ''(My Man Jeeves), 79:
  • An extremely wealthy old buster .
  • #* 2001 , S. MacKay, Fall Guy , ix. 113:
  • ‘Careful, buster ,’ she said. ‘I've got a knife in my hand.’
  • A loaf of bread.
  • * 1835 September 16, Morning Post , 4/2:
  • Three penny busters , and a whole kit-full of winegar and mustard.
  • * 1904 June 8, Journal of the Department of Labour (New Zealand), 536:
  • An 8 loaf of brown bread... goes by the name of ‘buster ’, I suppose on account of the way they blow you out.
  • A drinking spree, a binge.
  • * 1848 , John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms :
  • They were on a buster , and were taken up by the police.
  • * 1922 , (James Joyce), , 405:
  • All off for a buster , armstrong, hollering down the street.
  • a southerly buster.
  • * 1848 , John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms
  • ‘This is a buster ,’ i.e. a powerful or heavy wind.
  • * 1886 , Frank Cowan, Australia , 14:
  • The Buster and Brickfielder: austral red-dust blizzard and red-hot Simoom.
  • * 1991 , J. Moore, By Way of Wind , 121:
  • When the barometer drops rapidly... watch out for a strong sou'wester. A buster can be on you in a flash.
  • a staged fall, a pratfall.
  • * 1874 April, Baily's Monthly Magazine , 114:
  • Dainty... came down ‘a buster ’ at the last hurdle, and Scots Grey cantered in by himself.
  • A molting crab.
  • *1855 October 18, Henry A. Wise, letter in J.P. Hambleton's Biographical Sketch of Henry A. Wise (1856), 448:
  • In that state he is called a ‘Buster ’, bursting his shell.
  • * 2002 January 6, N.Y. Times , v. 4/6:
  • Restaurant August... serves contemporary French cuisine prepared with Louisiana ingredients like buster crabs, shrimp and oysters.

    Derived terms

    * ballbuster, ball-buster * balloon-buster * belly-buster, belly buster * blockbuster, block-buster * booze-buster * brainbuster * broncobuster, bronco-buster, bronco buster * bunker buster * chartbuster * come a buster * crime buster, crime-buster, crimebuster * dam-buster * dustbuster, dust buster * fort-buster * gangbuster * gangbusters * ghostbuster * have a buster * knuckle-buster * old buster * price buster * rate-buster * rust-buster * scud-buster * ship-buster * skull-buster * tankbuster * unionbuster

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