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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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  • He has not seen the green hills of his fatherland since boyhood.

    Quiet Talks on Prayer S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
  • The hum of bees and the song of birds he had known in his boyhood thrilled his heart.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • From his boyhood Bass wanted to be a sailor, but was apprenticed, sorely against his will, to a Boston apothecary.

  • At first there is a glimmer of mystery, then he remembers,—it is his boyhood's home.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He enhanced the endowment by diligent study in the high school at Prato, in Tuscany, where he spent his boyhood.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
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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