boy wonder


Definition of boy wonder

: a young man of noteworthy achievements

Examples of boy wonder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rory McIlroy The boy wonder became the man in golf this decade. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods made a late splash, but Rory McIlroy leads our Top 10 PGA Tour players of the decade," 17 Dec. 2019 In June 2010, Justin Bieber, then a 16-year-old boy wonder, opened the Foxborough, Mass., show on Taylor Swift’s Fearless tour, along with two other acts. Hannah Karp, Billboard, "Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun Open Up About Their Industry-Rocking New Alliance," 25 July 2019 That five year gap between Thanos' snap and the blip also means there are some students who were kiddos when Spidey first disappeared, and are now high school seniors, which throws some new classmates into the mix for our boy wonder from Queens. Kelsea Stahler,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 5 July 2019 Suddenly changing conditions led to confusion and made the boys wonder if they were lost. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rescued Thai Soccer Team Recounts the Ordeal in the Cave," 18 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

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First Known Use of boy wonder

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Boy wonder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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