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boyish

[ boi-ish ]
/ ˈbɔɪ ɪʃ /
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adjective

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

RELATED WORDS

childish, adolescent, immature, innocent, juvenile, puerile, young

Nearby words

boyer's cyst, boyer, jean pierre, boyf, boyfriend, boyhood, boyish, boyishly, boykie, boyla, boyle, boyle's law

Origin of boyish

First recorded in 1540–50; boy + -ish1
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British Dictionary definitions for boyish

boyish

/ (ˈbɔɪɪʃ) /

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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