|Origin:||Perhaps from Frisian boi 'boy'|
boy1 S1 W1 [countable]
a male child, or a male person in general [↪ girl]:
The boys wanted to play football.
boys and girls aged 11 - 18
a teenage/adolescent boy
A group of teenage boys stood talking in a group outside.
'You naughty boy!' she said in a harsh voice.
What a polite little boy (=young male child) you are.
Come on, Timmy, act like a big boy (=an older boy) now.
I love my boys, but I'd like to have a girl too.
How old is your little boy (=young son)?
a young man who does a particular job
a man of any age who is typical of people from a particular place, or who feels a strong connection with the place he grew up in:
The classic story of a local boy who's made good (=who has succeeded).
I'm just a country boy.
5 [plural] informal
a group of men who are friends and often go out together:
Friday is his night out with the boys.
He considers himself just one of the boys (=not anyone special, but liked by other men).
a way of talking to a male horse or dog:
7 [plural] informal
a group of men who do the same job:
Oh no! Wait until the press boys get hold of this story.
men in the army, navy etc, especially those who are fighting in a war:
our boys on the front lines
used to say that you should not be surprised when boys or men behave badly, are noisy etc
10 British English old-fashioned
a friendly way for one man to speak to another man
11 American English not polite
an offensive way of talking to a black man