[boi-hoo d]


the state or period of being a boy: Boyhood is a happy time of life.
boys collectively: the boyhood of America.

Origin of boyhood

First recorded in 1735–45; boy + -hood
Related formspre·boy·hood, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for boyhood

adolescence, childhood, teens, juniority

Examples from the Web for boyhood

Contemporary Examples of boyhood

Historical Examples of boyhood

  • You were changing from boyhood into manhood, and you were changing without any authority over you.

  • It reminded him of Max's boyhood, when he had read to Max at night.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Who in his boyhood has not felt the delight of freedom and adventure?

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He felt that the waters were troubled, as he had known them to be once or twice in his boyhood.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • He was a native of New York, he informed his companions, and had been a sailor from his boyhood.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for boyhood



the state or time of being a boyhis boyhood was happy
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