homeboy

[hohm-boi]
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Origin of homeboy

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; home + boy
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Related Words for homeboy

brother, neighbor, buddy, bro, homie

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British Dictionary definitions for homeboy

homeboy

noun slang, mainly US
  1. a close friend
  2. a person from one's home town or neighbourhood
Derived Formshomegirl, fem n

Word Origin for homeboy

C20: US rap-music usage
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Word Origin and History for homeboy
n.

"person from one's hometown," 1940s, American English, black slang, also originally with overtones of "simpleton." With many variants (cf. homebuddy, homeslice, both 1980s, with meaning shading toward "good friend"). The word had been used by Ruskin (1886) with the sense "stay-at-home male," and it was Canadian slang for "boy brought up in an orphanage or other institution" (1913).

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