Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from Frisian boi 'boy'


1 noun
Related topics: Children, Family
boy1 S1 W1 [countable]
1SSC 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.
bad/naughty boy
'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.
2SSF a son:
I love my boys, but I'd like to have a girl too.
How old is your little boy (=young son)?

office/paper/delivery etc boy

BO a young man who does a particular job

city/local/country boy

informal 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.

the boys

[plural] informal a group of men who are friends and often go out together:
He considers himself just one of the boys (=not anyone special, but liked by other men).
6 a way of talking to a male horse or dog:
Good boy!


[plural] informal
a) BO a group of men who do the same job:
Oh no! Wait until the press boys get hold of this story.
b) PM men in the army, navy etc, especially those who are fighting in a war:
our boys on the front lines

boys will be boys

used to say that you should not be surprised when boys or men behave badly, are noisy etc

the boys in blue

informal the police

old boy/my dear boy

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

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