What does boy mean?

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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"


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boy

    boy, n. a male child: a lad: a young man generally, used for 'man' in Ireland and elsewhere: (Shak.) a camp-follower: (obs.) knave: a native servant in South India, China, a male negro slave or native labourer in the South Seas.—v.t. to play the boy.—n. Boy′hood.—adj. Boy′ish.—adv. Boy′ishly.—n. Boy′ishness.—Boy's love, a popular name for southernwood; Boy's play, trifling. [M. E. boi, boy; Fris. boi; Dut. boef, Ger. bube.]

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  2. BOY

    What does BOY stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the BOY acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

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

Anagrams for boy »

  1. byo, BYO

  2. yob

  3. BYO


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of boy in a Sentence

  1. Army Pvt. Katelyn Gallagher:

    Good boy, good boy.

  2. Mohannad Aama:

    Boy, am I glad we did.

  3. Old School:

    Frank Blue you're my boy

  4. Natalie King:

    He's a nice boy. I am shocked.

  5. Ursula Ward:

    I miss my baby boy Odin so much.

Images & Illustrations of boy

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