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boyfriend

[boi-frend]
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noun
  1. a frequent or favorite male companion; beau.
  2. a male friend.
  3. a male lover.
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adjective
  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.
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Origin of boyfriend

First recorded in 1895–1900; boy + friend
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British Dictionary definitions for boyfriend

boyfriend

noun
  1. a male friend with whom a person is romantically or sexually involved; sweetheart or lover
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Word Origin and History for boyfriend

n.

"woman's paramour," 1909, from boy + friend (n.).

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