In Moby Dick, the steward of the Pequod is repeatedly called "the Dough-boy". I'd like to ask if that refers to a specific physical/mental quality or something else? With what other adjectives would you replace the phrase with?
At the time it was apparently a nickname for a baker’s apprentice. The steward presumably had qualities which the person who gave him the nickname associated with a baker’s apprentice (for example being young, and being associated with food).