boy toy


: a usually young man considered as an object of sexual desire

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Robbie stars opposite Ryan Gosling, who plays Barbie’s longtime boy toy Ken. Michaela Zee, Variety, 16 Dec. 2022 The result is sometimes as claustrophobic and ill-conceived as Peter’s mad love for his devious boy toy. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 Candy's been dumped by her boy toy on her 45th birthday. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Mar. 2022 Two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling will star opposite Robbie as Barbie’s longtime boy toy Ken. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 18 Mar. 2022 Nick's niece is embarrassed, but her boy toy Silver takes the unfortunate turn of events in stride. Lincee Ray,, 18 Mar. 2022 According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francia Raísa will star as Sophie's roomie Valentina and Tom Ainsley will appear as Charlie, Valentina's new boy toy. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 19 Jan. 2022 Asghari plays Giancarlo on the show, a boy toy for Tiffany (Casey Wilson), who models for her vanity fashion label, Pfaffashions. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 24 May 2021 Trendsetter that Turner was, the summer of 1946 saw a run on swarthy boy toys. Jennifer Crittenden, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boy toy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boy toy was in 1982

Dictionary Entries Near boy toy

Cite this Entry

“Boy toy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?