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[hohm-boi] /ˈhoʊmˌbɔɪ/
noun, Slang.
a person from the same locality as oneself.
a close friend or fellow gang member.
Origin of homeboy
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; home + boy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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noun (slang, mainly US)
a close friend
a person from one's home town or neighbourhood
Derived Forms
homegirl, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C20: US rap-music usage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for home boy



"person from one's hometown," 1940s, American English, black slang, also originally with overtones of "simpleton." With many variants (cf. homebuddy, homeslice, both 1980s, with meaning shading toward "good friend"). The word had been used by Ruskin (1886) with the sense "stay-at-home male," and it was Canadian slang for "boy brought up in an orphanage or other institution" (1913).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for home boy

home boy

n phr,n

  1. A person from one's hometown (1940s+ Black)
  2. A simpleton; naive bumpkin: Youse just a home boy, Jelly. Don't try to follow me (1940s+ Black)
  3. (also home) A close friend, or someone accepted like a friend •Used also by Chicanos in Los Angeles, some of whom apparently dispute the black origin: Home boy, them brothers is taking care of business!/ He stormed outside with two homeboys: one called ''Gino,'' and Kevin Baca, 17, whom he'd met a month before (1970s+ Black)
  4. A black male; bro, blood, home slice: black faces, fucking home boys with skin the color of bunker oil and the threat coming off them in waves (1980s+)
  5. An easygoing, unpretentious person (1970s+ College students)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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