Definitions for: Boy


[n] offensive term for Black man; "get out of my way boy"
[n] a friendly informal reference to a grown man; "he likes to play golf with the boys"
[n] 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"
[n] a male human offspring; "their son became a famous judge"; "his boy is taller than he is"



Webster (1913) Definition: Boy, n. [Cf. D. boef, Fries. boi, boy; akin to G. bube,
Icel. bofi rouge.]
A male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence,
a son.

My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee. --Sir W.
Scott.

Note: Boy is often used as a term of comradeship, as in
college, or in the army or navy. In the plural used
colloquially of members of an associaton, fraternity,
or party.

Boy bishop, a boy (usually a chorister) elected bishop, in
old Christian sports, and invested with robes and other
insignia. He practiced a kind of mimicry of the ceremonies
in which the bishop usually officiated.

The Old Boy, the Devil. [Slang]

Yellow boys, guineas. [Slang, Eng.]

Boy's love, a popular English name of Southernwood
(Artemisia abrotonum); -- called also lad's love.

Boy's play, childish amusements; anything trifling.


Boy, v. t.
To act as a boy; -- in allusion to the former practice of
boys acting women's parts on the stage.

I shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness.
--Shak.


Boy, n.
In various countries, a male servant, laborer, or slave of a
native or inferior race; also, any man of such a race.

He reverted again and again to the labor difficulty,
and spoke of importing boys from Capetown. --Frances
Macnab.

Synonyms: male child, son

Antonyms: daughter, female child, girl, little girl

See Also: adult male, altar boy, ball boy, bat boy, boy scout, broth of a boy, broth of a man, coon, cub, Esau, farm boy, Fauntleroy, jigaboo, Jnr, Jr, Junior, lad, laddie, Little Lord Fauntleroy, male, male offspring, male person, mama's boy, mamma's boy, man, man-child, mother's boy, nigger, nigra, one of the boys, ploughboy, plowboy, schoolboy, shop boy, sonny, sonny boy, spade

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