boyish

[boi-ish]

adjective

of or befitting a boy; engagingly youthful or innocent: a boyish grin.

Nearby words

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

Origin of boyish

First recorded in 1540–50; boy + -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for boyish

boyish

adjective

of or like a boy in looks, behaviour, or character, esp when regarded as attractive or endearinga boyish smile
Derived Formsboyishly, adverbboyishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for boyish

boyish

adj.

1540s, "pertaining to boys," from boy + -ish. Meaning "puerile" is from 1570s. Related: Boyishly; boyishness.

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