1. (US Und.) a novice thief.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. (US) an innocently honest person; a naive and foolish person.
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 426: You’re nervous, don’t kid me. Joe, you’re an old choirboy. [Ibid.] 439: [She] laughed at Joe himself, the worried choirboy waiting in the rain for her.|
|Benny Muscles In (2004) 247: How would you know, choir boy?|
|Union Dues (1978) 165: He’s a fuckin choirboy, Mitch, he don’t want any part of it.|
|Full Cleveland 124: A guy fixes your car good, do you really give a damn whether he’s a choirboy? [HDAS].|
3. (S.Afr.) an accomplice, a young man who plays a supporting role in a crime.
|Crime in S. Afr. 107: A ‘ringer’, ‘stooge’ or ‘choir boy’ is an accomplice.|
4. (US gay) a novice male streetwalker.
|Queens’ Vernacular 111: While starting on the beat [game, turf, walk] the inexperienced, up-and-coming choirboys, cowboys [...] wait to be approached.|
5. (US) a novice police officer.
|[bk title] Choirboys.|
|Lowspeak 38: Choirboys – rookie, i.e. newly recruited policemen.|
6. (US black) a derog. term for a black person seen as embracing white values.
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 281: I was a choirboy, one of those trained, assimilated Negroes white folks love so much.|
7. (S.Afr. gay) a homosexual male; thus in the choir adj., homosexual.