- a range of sizes from 8 to 20 in garments made for boys.
- a garment in this size range.
- the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
interjection Also oh, boy.
- boxing ring,
- boy band,
- boy racer,
- boy scout,
- boy scouts,
- boy scouts of america
Origin of boy
Examples from the Web for boy
This is Bey and Nicki at their most lyrically masochistic, and boy, is it a treat.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But religious tolerance would be a wholesome goodie for every boy and girl.
All would attest to the manifest goodness that inspired the perfect nickname for the boy who would become a perfect cop.
As a boy, by the way, Pierre had set out from Florida in an unsuccessful canoe trip to Cuba!
His high school prom was around the corner, and he had been hanging out with a boy that he had a crush on.
Little David Copperfield is a jewel of a boy with a turn for books.Essays in Little|Andrew Lang
Notwithstanding this copy-book preamble, my boy, I am inclined to suggest a little prudence on your part.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume One|Abraham Lincoln
She is married now and lives at Ashland, and has two nice children, a boy and a girl.How To Do It|Edward Everett Hale
"Yes, always that," retorted the boy, and Piers Minor burst into a laugh.The Doomsman|Van Tassel Sutphen
But he noticed the cord and gently untied it, so that the boy slept on undisturbed.In God's Garden|Amy Steedman
Word Origin for boy
mid-13c., boie "servant, commoner, knave, boy," of unknown origin. Possibly from Old French embuie "one fettered," from Vulgar Latin *imboiare, from Latin boia "leg iron, yoke, leather collar," from Greek boeiai dorai "ox hides." (Words for "boy" double as "servant, attendant" across the Indo-European map -- e.g. Italian ragazzo, French garçon, Greek pais, Middle English knave, Old Church Slavonic otroku -- and often it is difficult to say which meaning came first.)
But it also appears to be identical with East Frisian boi "young gentleman," and perhaps with Dutch boef "knave," from Middle Dutch boeve, perhaps from Middle Low German buobe. This suggests a gradational relationship to babe. For a different conjecture:
In Old English, only the proper name Boia has been recorded. ME boi meant 'churl, servant' and (rarely) 'devil.' In texts, the meaning 'male child' does not antedate 1400. ModE boy looks like a semantic blend of an onomatopoeic word for an evil spirit (*boi) and a baby word for 'brother' (*bo). [Liberman]
A noticable number of the modern words for 'boy', 'girl', and 'child' were originally colloquial nicknames, derogatory or whimsical, in part endearing, and finally commonplace. These, as is natural, are of the most diverse, and in part obscure, origin. [Buck]
Used slightingly of young men in Middle English; meaning "male negro slave or Asian personal servant of any age" attested from c.1600. Exclamation oh, boy attested from 1892.
In addition to the idiom beginning with boys
- boys will be boys
- fair-haired boy
- mama's boy
- separate the men from the boys
- whipping boy