a male child, from birth to full growth, especially one less than 18 years of age.
a young man who lacks maturity, judgment, etc.
Informal. a grown man, especially when referred to familiarly: He liked to play poker with the boys.
a son: Sam's oldest boy is helping him in the business.
a male who is from or native to a given place: He's a Mississippi boy.
boys, (used with a singular or plural verb)
a range of sizes from 8 to 20 in garments made for boys.
a garment in this size range.
the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
boys, military personnel, especially combat soldiers: Support the boys overseas.
Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to or address a man considered by the speaker to be inferior in ethnicity, nationality, or occupational status.
a young male servant; page.
Offensive. (in India, China, Japan, etc.) a male servant, working as a butler, waiter, houseboy, etc.
Nautical. an apprentice seaman or fisherman.
an exclamation of wonder, approval, etc., or of displeasure or contempt.
- boy , buoy
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How to use boy in a sentence
So, Islamized teaching sends girls back home for marriage and housework, and remains exclusively for boys.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tom Brady, the prettiest of pretty boys, leads the Patriots.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Boys are taught early in life to devalue care, to be hyper-competitive, super-achieving men.
The trio formed the Sad Boys collective, with Sherm and Gud on production and Lean manning the mic.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’ | Marlow Stern | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Always about his family, always about his boys,” Mecallari says.
The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that numerous things be brought back to them.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
His wife stood smiling and waving, the boys shouting, as he disappeared in the old rockaway down the sandy road.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
A flightless, juvenal female was obtained by local boys at Pisté on July 21.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
He had five girls by his first wife; there is no reason why this splendid cow I have picked out should not produce a dozen boys.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
If I can rustle horses I'll send these two boys on home, with a note to the old man explaining how the play came up.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for boy
a male child; lad; youth
a man regarded as immature or inexperienced: he's just a boy when it comes to dealing with women
See old boy
informal a group of men, esp a group of friends
usually derogatory (esp in former colonial territories) a Black person or native male servant of any age
Australian a jockey or apprentice
short for boyfriend
boys will be boys youthful indiscretion or exuberance must be expected and tolerated
jobs for the boys informal appointment of one's supporters to posts, without reference to their qualifications or ability
the boy Irish informal the right tool for a particular task: that's the boy to cut it
an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, contempt, etc: boy, is he going to be sorry!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with boy
In addition to the idiom beginning with boys
- boys will be boys
- fair-haired boy
- mama's boy
- separate the men from the boys
- whipping boy
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