boy·​friend | \ˈbȯi-ˌfrend \

Definition of boyfriend 

1 : a male friend

2 : a frequent or regular male companion in a romantic or sexual relationship

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Synonyms for boyfriend


beau, boy, fellow, man, old man, swain

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Examples of boyfriend in a Sentence

My boyfriend and I have only been dating for a couple of months. her boyfriend always brings her flowers for Valentine's Day

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Letitia Wright and Ellie Bamber both chose delicate black chiffon Chanel, the latter adorned with vibrant blue feathers and kicky ankle boots, accessorized by her equally well-dressed boyfriend Richard Madden in a navy tuxedo. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 The story in Rolling Stone goes on to reveal that Zoë’s longterm boyfriend (and now fiancé) Karl Glusman had originally planned to get down on one knee during a romantic Paris vacation with the actress and model. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Who is Karl Glusman? Zoë Kravtiz Confirms She's Been Secretly Engaged to the Actor For Months," 30 Oct. 2018 The boyfriend tried to run off, but was caught by Sheriff’s Sgt. Teri Figueroa,, "Woman stabs alleged assailant, hides in brush with child until help comes," 13 July 2018 Though Moshfegh never really rounds the boyfriend into a full, necessary character (possibly the novel’s one minor flaw), the narrator recalls several pitiful and blackly humorous moments with him. Walton Muyumba,, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 The subject took on greater urgency amid the AIDS epidemic, which claimed the life of one of Warhol’s boyfriends. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Warhol Takes New York, Again," 26 Oct. 2018 Earlier tonight, on the way to the VMAs with boyfriend Travis Scott, the beauty entrepreneur upped the ante on her eveningwear game dressed in an inky jersey dress covered in sequins. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Just Raised the Bar on Her Eveningwear Game at the MTV VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 Guests included all of Kylie's sisters, her boyfriend Travis Scott, mom Kris Jenner, dad Caitlyn Jenner, best friend Jordyn Woods, Winnie Harlow, Scott Disick, French Montana, and Dave Chappelle, among many others. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner's 21st Birthday Party Included All of Her Sisters and a Massive Pink Ball Pit," 10 Aug. 2018 Finally, is Celia’s new lover (who also happens to be an old boyfriend) part of the good gang or the bad gang, to be trusted or to be denied? Beth Kephart,, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of boyfriend

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of boyfriend

: a man that someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship with


boy·​friend | \ˈbȯi-ˌfrend \

Kids Definition of boyfriend

: a man or boy involved in a romantic relationship

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