Words nearby homeboy
ABOUT THIS WORD
What does homeboy mean?
Homeboy is a slang term for a close male friend. It can refer to a boy or a man.
The word homegirl is used in the same way to refer to a close female friend.
Shortened, gender-neutral versions of these terms include homie and homey, which are perhaps even more commonly used.
All of these terms can be used to refer to a friend, as in This is my homeboy Russel, or as a term of address for one, as in Hey, homeboy!
These terms are all associated with urban and hip hop culture and are primarily used by members of African American and Latinx communities in the U.S.
They commonly refer to a close friend who’s from the same neighborhood. In some cases, the words are used to refer to a fellow gang member. However, the terms have entered mainstream use and usually simply refer to a close friend.
Homeboy is frequently used with a possessive pronoun, as in my homeboy.
Example: I’m having a night out with just me and my homeboys.
Where does homeboy come from?
The first records of the word homeboy in its modern sense come from the 1900s. It was used earlier to refer to a boy who’s loyal to his hometown or who’s a homebody.
Terms like homeboy, homegirl, homie, and homey started to gain in popularity after the 1960s. Today, they are closely associated with hip hop culture.
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How is homeboy used in real life?
Homeboy is a slang term that’s always used informally. It’s primarily used by members of the African American and Latinx community.
Need a weekend vacation with my homeboys. Just chills and laughs
— Black Panther (@NwoyePedro) November 10, 2020
BRANDON INGRAM IS MY HOMEBOY FOR LIFE.
— Lake Show Life (@TheLakeShowLife) April 12, 2017
I told my homeboy that I lost so many friends in the last year and that I humbly accept I was the common denominator. He then said “No, they left you when you couldn’t provide or help them anymore. They were always with you when you did well.” I almost cried. He’s right.
— Lissette 🇩🇴🦋🏳️🌈 (@brujashit) November 9, 2020
How to use homeboy in a sentence
It was a weekend because the homeboys were partying and drinking.Machine Gun Mundo Against the World|Eugene Robinson|April 23, 2021|Ozy
He has been an urban homeboy and an American abroad, a Texas schoolboy legend and a college star.Shaq, Year One|Charles P. Pierce|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Singer Ne-Yo told MTV that Brown is still his “homeboy at the end of the day.”Does Chris Brown Really Deserve a Break?|Lynn Harris|March 3, 2009|DAILY BEAST