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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But news organizations ranging from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to the Chicago Tribune told a simple story with Lopes cast as the villain and her boyfriend, the NFL player Andre Rison, as the victim. Rhaina Cohen, The New Republic, "What the 1990s Got Wrong," 29 June 2018 In May 2017, she was sentenced to life in prison without parole after an Iron County, Mich., jury convicted her of the murder of Christopher Regan, her boyfriend and co-worker. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Convicted killer's letter to newspaper shows 'self-pity narcissism,' psychologists say," 25 May 2018 Newsflash, successful woman shockingly DOES NOT CARE what her ex-boyfriend is up to now. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Hailey Baldwin Used to Declare Her Love for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's Relationship," 11 July 2018 Porter said her boyfriend was sitting poolside, dangling his feet in the water with socks on when Walker approached him, telling him repeatedly to take his socks off. USA TODAY, "Woman fired after calling the police on a black man for wearing socks in community pool," 8 July 2018 Her Instagram remains active, with her most recent post including photos with boyfriend Levi Meaden during the 4th of July. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Reportedly Left Twitter," 6 July 2018 Isidore said despite the break-up, her ex-boyfriend had still been living with her. Anne Geggis,, "Breaking up is hard to do: Woman says it was her ex on the car’s hood along I-95," 27 June 2018 Literally in the middle of an argument with my long-suffering boyfriend—about . . Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 Guys ask me why a woman ghosted them, and women ask me if their boyfriend is secretly gay. Dan Savage, Chicago Reader, "Can a straight guy ethically accept oral sex from his gay buddy?," 20 June 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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