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.

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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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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