- 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.
Origin of boy
Related Words for boylad, fellow, youth, youngster, child, guy, buck, puppy, stripling, runt, punk, dude, cadet, chap, master, sprout, squirt, junior, sonny, half-pint
Examples from the Web for boy
Contemporary Examples of boy
In the 90s, it kept gay men out of leadership roles in the Boy Scouts of America.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
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
December 31, 2014
But religious tolerance would be a wholesome goodie for every boy and girl.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
All would attest to the manifest goodness that inspired the perfect nickname for the boy who would become a perfect cop.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
As a boy, by the way, Pierre had set out from Florida in an unsuccessful canoe trip to Cuba!Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of boy
"Men say it is not so grand as the statue of Zeus, that we have at Olympia," replied the boy.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Boy, they be not due to you till you be come to years of discretion.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I couldn't begin to tell you all the bad things he did when he was a boy.
The boy came forward, and examined the stranger with curiosity.
"I wanted to be revenged on the boy, and now I know how," he said.
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