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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Courteney Cox took to Instagram this weekend to share a funny video involving her boyfriend, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Courteney Cox Instructing Her Boyfriend to "Pivot" While Moving Furniture," 3 Mar. 2019 The deliciously macabre events of Part 1 have strained Sabrina's friendship with mortal BFFs Suzie and Roz (Jaz Sinclair), and leads to a bitter breakup with her boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 Attheir house eight miles away, Glenda Seweingyawma and her boyfriend, Paul Lincoln, could smell the carcasses. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 Isabella left El Salvador with her daughter to join her boyfriend, who has been living in the United States for more than a decade. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 Yesterday, some blurry paparazzi photos emerged of Rihanna in the midst of a heated conversation with her rumored boyfriend, Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel, while the two sat poolside in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Rihanna Responds to Memes of Her Arguing With Boyfriend With a Meme of Her Own," 12 July 2018 Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, 45, became ill on June 30 at Rowley’s home in Amesbury and were hospitalized. New York Times,, "Britain suggests Russia is behind latest nerve agent case," 10 July 2018 Her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, received the death sentence for first-degree murder involving the infliction of torture. NBC News, "Death of Anthony Avalos has parallels to another child abuse case in L.A.," 8 July 2018 Tenacious and plucky, Nancy had a boyfriend, the handsome Ned. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 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 How to pronounce boyfriend (audio) \

Kids Definition of boyfriend

: a man or boy involved in a romantic relationship

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