- attaboy 1909, probably from common pronunciation of "that's the boy!" a cheer of encouragement or approval.
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attaboy — [at′ə boi′] interj. Informal indicating approval or encouragement: said to a man or boy: also sp. atta boy … English World dictionary
attaboy — 1. interjection /ăt əboi / Used to show encouragement or approval to a boy or man. Attaboy! Thats the way to hit a home run! 2. noun /ăt əboi / A cry of attaboy ; an accolade … Wiktionary
attaboy — int Well done! Attaboy, Greg. You show them! 1920s … Historical dictionary of American slang
attaboy — (that a boy) good work, well done, at a boy Whenever I win, Don says, Attaboy! Good game! … English idioms
attaboy — interjection Etymology: probably alteration of that s the boy Date: 1909 used to express encouragement, approval, or admiration … New Collegiate Dictionary
attaboy — /at euh boy /, interj. Informal. (used as an enthusiastic expression of encouragement or approval to a boy, man, or male animal.) [1905 10, Amer.; alleged to be a reduced form of that s a boy or that s the boy] * * * … Universalium
Attaboy! — exclamation of approval, urging, encouragement or exhortation addressed to a boy or man … Dictionary of Australian slang
attaboy! — Australian Slang exclamation of approval, urging, encouragement or exhortation addressed to a boy or man … English dialects glossary
attaboy — at|ta|boy [ ætə,bɔı ] interjection used for showing that you want to encourage a boy or man to do something. This can be considered offensive if used towards a black man or boy … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
attaboy — atÂ·taÂ·boy || Ã¦tÉ™bÉ”Éª interj. there you go!, that s right!, good job! … English contemporary dictionary