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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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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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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“Boyfriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for boyfriend


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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Nglish: Translation of boyfriend for Spanish Speakers

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