a frequent or favorite male companion; beau.
a male friend.
a male lover.


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.

Nearby words

  1. boyer,
  2. boyer's bursa,
  3. boyer's cyst,
  4. boyer, jean pierre,
  5. boyf,
  6. boyhood,
  7. boyish,
  8. boyishly,
  9. boykie,
  10. boyla

Origin of boyfriend

First recorded in 1895–1900; boy + friend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boyfriend



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



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

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