Definitions for boy

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

boy*bɔɪ(n.)

  1. a male child, from birth to full growth.

  2. a young man who lacks maturity, judgment, etc.

  3. Informal. a grown man, esp. when referred to familiarly.

    Category: Informal

  4. a son.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. a male who is from or native to a given place:

    He's a country boy.

  6. boys, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a range of sizes from 8 to 20 in garments for boys. a garment in this range.

    Category: Clothing

  7. Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to or address a man considered to be inferior in race, nationality, or occupational status.)

    Category: Status (usage)

  8. Usually Offensive. (a term used to refer to or address a male servant or domestic employee.)

  9. (interj.)(an exclamation of wonder, approval, etc., or of displeasure or contempt.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Usage: Definition 8 , usually referring to nonwhites, is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting. It is used most often to emphasize the speaker's low opinion of the person referred to. Definition 9 , less common today, was originally used in colonial territories such as India to refer to a native male servant.

Origin of boy:

1250–1300; ME boy(e), bye servant, commoner, boy; of obscure orig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. male child, boy(noun)

    a youthful male person

    "the baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are only boys in uniform"

  2. boy(noun)

    a friendly informal reference to a grown man

    "he likes to play golf with the boys"

  3. son, boy(noun)

    a male human offspring

    "their son became a famous judge"; "his boy is taller than he is"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. boy(noun)ɔɪ

    a young male

    a nine year-old boy; a little/young boy

  2. boyɔɪ

    your own male child; = son

    I have three boys and a girl.

  3. boyɔɪ

    a group of male friends

    a night out with the boys

Wiktionary

  1. boy(Noun)

    A young male human.

  2. boy(Noun)

    A man of any age, used as a friendly diminutive, or of a man who is merely younger than the speaker.

    Whatever else you say about him, the boy can play.

  3. boy(Noun)

    A male servant.

    When the 'dipenda' (independence movement) in Belgian Congo turned violent, the white colonisators' often materially privileged black domestic boys were mistrusted and often abused as collaborators.

  4. boy(Noun)

    A non-white slave or labourer; a male African-American of any age.

  5. boy(Noun)

    A lower-class or disreputable man; a worthless person.

  6. boy(Noun)

    An adult male, particularly when used by straight women or gay men to refer to someone considered attractive.

  7. boy(Noun)

    Male (usually adult) friend; mainly used in the plural: boys.

  8. boy(Noun)

    A proud parent's son, regardless of age.

    That's my boy.

  9. boy(Noun)

    A caring owner's pet or working animal, regardless of age.

    Here, boys, heel; yes, Bobby, show the puppies how, good boy!

  10. boy(Verb)

    To use the word boy to refer to someone.

    "Don't boy me!"

  11. boy(Interjection)

    Exclamation of surprise, pleasure or longing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boy(noun)

    a male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence, a son

  2. Boy(verb)

    to act as a boy; -- in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage

Freebase

  1. Boy

    Boy is the debut album from Irish rock band U2, released on October 20, 1980. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album received generally positive reviews. Common themes among the album's songs are the thoughts and frustrations of adolescence. The album included the band's first UK hit single, "I Will Follow". Boy's release was followed by U2's first tour of continental Europe and the US.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'boy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #800

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'boy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #542

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'boy' in Nouns Frequency: #164


Translations for boy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

boy(noun)

a male child

She has three girls and one boy.

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