boy·​friend | \ ˈbȯi-ˌfrend How to pronounce boyfriend (audio) \

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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The boyfriend was looking for his girlfriend, the report said. Cory Shaffer,, "Woman charged with murder in Cleveland bar shooting reported shooting at her house weeks earlier," 12 July 2019 The boyfriend’s test, taken under Cochran’s supervision, showed infection with herpes simplex virus. Edmund H. Mahony,, "State Supreme Court says a doctor can be negligent when his patient spreads disease," 12 July 2019 Authorities charged Sedrick Johnson, the 27-year-old boyfriend of the child’s aunt, with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "State will examine CPS's handling of case after Dallas toddler found dead in landfill," 12 July 2019 The boyfriend, also 25, pulled the suspect from the car and a short foot chase ensued, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI. Fox News, "Philadelphia man, neighborhood mob beats carjacker to death after suspect takes off with 3 kids: Cops," 12 July 2019 Sedrick Johnson, the boyfriend of the Cedrick's aunt and caregiver, was arrested and charged with serious injury to a child. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "'He was just the sweetest baby': Texas toddler found dead in landfill following statewide Amber Alert," 11 July 2019 The couple in peril consists of our heroine, Dani (Florence Pugh), an American graduate student reeling from the sudden death of her family, and Christian (Jack Reynor), the aloof boyfriend who had been on the verge of dumping her. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "The horrifying ‘Midsommar’ is a breakup movie, according to director Ari Aster," 11 July 2019 One stems from an incident in April 2016, when Perry fought with the boyfriend of a pregnant motorist after she was involved in a car crash near East 30th St. and Post Road. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Unarmed man shot in back by IMPD officer settles lawsuit for millions," 11 July 2019 His defense attorney argued that detectives botched the investigation, mishandled evidence and set out to blame the boyfriend. Tim Prudente,, "At trial, Baltimore prosecutors say jilted lover stabbed, strangled prom date on the football bleachers," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of boyfriend

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boyfriend was in 1822

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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 How to pronounce boyfriend (audio) \

Kids Definition of boyfriend

: a man or boy involved in a romantic relationship

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