boy wonder


Definition of boy wonder 

: a young man of noteworthy achievements

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Having picked up a loose ball in his own third of the pitch, Paris Saint-Germain's boy wonder ate up all of 77 yards, breezing past what seemed like the entirety of La Albiceleste's team., "Kylian Mbappé's Announces Himself on the World Stage as Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi Bow Out," 2 July 2018 At the time, the Nigerian was a veritable boy wonder for his Norwegian side Lyn Oslo., "8 of Football's Greatest Transfer Heists," 4 June 2018 Why, the boy wonders, is his father always so eager to go riding with Zinaida? Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "Longing, Violence and Social Rank," 25 May 2018 Farrow was a boy wonder even before getting into journalism. Washington Post, "With exposes, book and TV deals, Farrow on run of a lifetime," 14 May 2018 The stock market was displeased, and Alex wondered whether the 46-year-old boy wonder is becoming more liability than asset. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: All About Elon," 4 May 2018 Global Road Entertainment Led by the headstrong boy wonder, Robin, the young superheroes head to Hollywood in search of big-screen stardom. Kate Stanhope,, "Kids welcome: 7 family-friendly movies to see this summer," 26 Apr. 2018 Scott Helm, formerly a boy wonder with a Jimmy Stewart face, becomes a man with his conscientious, considered Joe Pitt, the tortured Mormon. Tony Brown, charlotteobserver, "1996: 'Angels' is heavenly: Kudos to Charlotte Rep for tackling the work | Charlotte Observer," 30 Mar. 2018 Fresh from his own electoral success, Sebastian Kurz, the boy wonder of Austrian conservatism, opens coalition talks with a far-right party that harbours former neo-Nazis in its ranks. The Economist, "CharlemagneThe new Czech leader is not leading an anti-Europe uprising," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of boy wonder

1857, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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