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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These ballads are for boyfriends and husbands worth keeping around. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The 50 Best Country Love Songs We Could Listen to Forever and Ever, Amen," 6 Nov. 2018 In January, Princess Eugenie announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank and showed off her stunning new engagement ring in a series of portraits taken at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Get All the Details on Princess Eugenie's Engagement Ring," 1 Oct. 2018 And -- and not only should American men be concerned but the -- but the women who have sons and husbands and boyfriends and brothers and fathers. Fox News, "Tucker takes on Kavanaugh opponent; Martha MacCallum's takeaways from interview with Kavanaugh," 25 Sep. 2018 The best is watching it with Mel [Ottenberg, Selman’s boyfriend] and we always turn it up as loud as possible. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "As Adam Selman Launches A.S.S, He Reveals His All Time Favorite Pop Culture Exercise Moments," 25 Jan. 2019 Before the release of her GQ photoshoot, Kourtney spent Thanksgiving with her family, including ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Scott Disick, last week. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Is Totally Pantless on the Cover of GQ Mexico," 27 Nov. 2018 Ed Rogers, Muller’s boyfriend, told ABC7NY the 54-year-old suffered from alcoholism and delusions. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Knife-wielding woman killed by New York City police had 'history of calls' to her home, officials say," 19 Sep. 2018 While Scott Disick made an appearance in the painting, Kourtney’s more recent ex, Younes Bendjima, and Khloé’s boyfriend Tristan Thompson were noticeably missing. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Juicy Details From Kylie Jenner's Over-The-Top 21st Birthday Party That You Totally Missed," 10 Aug. 2018 So has the actor Matthew Wilkas (the Olympian Gus Kenworthy’s boyfriend) and, less predictably, Ansel Elgort. Brian Sloan, New York Times, "A (Mostly) Gay, Celebrity-Filled Party Returns to the Bowery," 3 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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