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[boi-hoo d] /ˈbɔɪ hʊd/
the state or period of being a boy:
Boyhood is a happy time of life.
boys collectively:
the boyhood of America.
Origin of boyhood
First recorded in 1735-45; boy + -hood
Related forms
preboyhood, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You were changing from boyhood into manhood, and you were changing without any authority over you.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • It reminded him of Max's boyhood, when he had read to Max at night.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Who in his boyhood has not felt the delight of freedom and adventure?

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He felt that the waters were troubled, as he had known them to be once or twice in his boyhood.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • He was a native of New York, he informed his companions, and had been a sailor from his boyhood.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for boyhood


the state or time of being a boy: his boyhood was happy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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