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
Recent Examples on the Web The plot thickens further when Miranda's boyfriend becomes her fiance. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "How 'The Secret: Dare to Dream' just might make you believe in love again," 31 July 2020 An argument ensued and, the woman told police, her boyfriend slammed her to the floor and punched her in the head. cleveland, "Man behaves indecently while talking with book-reading woman at park: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 31 July 2020 My boyfriend decided to make the switch from cigarettes to vaping about a year ago. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Even the dog'," 31 July 2020 Kailah found out that her boyfriend back home knew about her affair with Bear while video calling with a friend of hers. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness reunion part 2 recap: Exposing secret hookups and breakups," 30 July 2020 Jon Hamm voices a father meeting his daughter’s boyfriend, flipping the stereotypes of the encounter on their head, in this adaptation of Sophie Kohn’s Daily Shouts column. The New Yorker, "Tantalizing Fantasies After Four Months of Quarantine," 30 July 2020 The investigation into Zyaire’s death and Reed’s boyfriend's involvement with his death is still ongoing. Emma Dale, Detroit Free Press, "Ecorse mother of twin boys charged with child abuse after one boy dies," 30 July 2020 On July 16, Braxton was found unresponsive in her room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles by her boyfriend, David Adefeso. Robyn Merrett,, "Tamar Braxton Breaks Silence on Suicide Attempt as She Opens Up About Her 'Path to Healing'," 30 July 2020 After the discovery last week of 27-year-old student Pınar Gültekin murdered by her boyfriend, women in Turkey began speaking out against femicide and violence. Fortune, "Is gender diversity good for business? Another study makes the case," 29 July 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Boyfriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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