- of or befitting a boy; engagingly youthful or innocent: a boyish grin.
Origin of boyish
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Examples from the Web for boyish
Newman imparts a simplicity and a boyish eagerness to his characters.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
He was a biggish lad, with a boyish, slightly mischievous grin, and thoughtfulness and consideration were seamed in his character.The James Foley I Knew in the ISIS War Zone
August 20, 2014
No one knows if Kerr actually succumbed to Bieber's "boyish" "charms," but she and Bloom did end up separating in 2013.An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of Punches Justin Bieber
July 30, 2014
There were boyish suits from yesteryear with puffy white sleeves and fur collars worn by androgynous creatures with white faces.Valentino, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
Could he be faking that boyish, nice-guy, eager-to-please charm, the way “sincerity” is perpetually faked all over the spectrum?Jimmy Fallon’s Brilliant ‘Tonight Show’ Debut
February 18, 2014
Tom's handsome, boyish face had the greatest attraction for her.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
It was moonlight, and I went through the streets with boyish confidence.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Nor had I ever before seen a soldier who seemed to my boyish eyes so like what a warrior should be.
As my boyish eyes saw it, it was nothing short of awe-inspiring.
But his smile was boyish and pleasant, and his manner a trifle shy.Heroes of the Telegraph
- of or like a boy in looks, behaviour, or character, esp when regarded as attractive or endearinga boyish smile
Word Origin and History for boyish
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