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[ boi-frend ]


  1. a frequent or favorite male companion; beau.
  2. a male friend.
  3. a male lover.


  1. pertaining to or noting clothing and accessories for women that are inspired by men's fashions:

    roomy and comfortable boyfriend jeans;

    an oversize boyfriend watch.


/ ˈbɔɪˌfrɛnd /


  1. a male friend with whom a person is romantically or sexually involved; sweetheart or lover
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of boyfriend1

First recorded in 1895–1900; boy + friend
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Example Sentences

Dorris says she was visiting New York City with her then-boyfriend Jason Binn, who introduced her to Trump.

From Vox

During this appointment, Alice shared that her boyfriend at the time had beaten her up the night before.

Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán was last seen waiting for a bus on January 26, on her way to meet her boyfriend after voting in Peru’s congressional elections and filing a report for television broadcaster Cable VRAEM in the central city of Ayacucho.

From Fortune

With the help of her leasing manager boyfriend, Roosevelt, the Chicago fashionista takes virtual tours of potential new apartments with some stunning views.

From Ozy

Tweet about how your good-looking, dog-loving boyfriend encouraged you to have a Netflix-bingeing Sunday.

The star announces he is to marry his 27-year-old boyfriend.

She ultimately ditched JSwipe after about a week and found her current, non-Jewish, boyfriend on OkCupid.

Tommy describes himself as more of the “boyfriend experience.”

One night in 2004, my college boyfriend called me from inside a closet in a north Toronto housing project.

In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, her boyfriend, Jason Anderson, said Craig-Lewis was “all consumed” by her job.