noun, often attributive
\ ˈbȯi How to pronounce boy (audio) \

Definition of boy

1a : a male child from birth to adulthood
b : son
c : an immature male separate the men from the boys boy genius
2 often offensive : a male servant
3a : one native to a given place local boy
b : fellow, person the boys at the office
c used interjectionally to express intensity of feeling boy, what a game

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Other Words from boy

boyhood \ ˈbȯi-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce boyhood (audio) \ noun
boyish \ ˈbȯi-​ish How to pronounce boyish (audio) \ adjective
boyishly adverb
boyishness noun

Synonyms for boy


boychick (or boychik), boyo [Irish], callant [chiefly Scottish], lad, laddie, nipper, shaveling, shaver, sonny, stripling, tad, youth

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Examples of boy in a Sentence

It's a boy! She gave birth to a baby boy this morning. a nine-year-old boy named David Okay, boys and girls, it's time to play a game. Is this your little boy? That's my boy! Good job, Son. a group of teenage boys My parents want me to meet a nice boy and get married. Don't be so hard on him. He's just a boy. a poor boy from the north Wait till the boys back home hear about this!
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First Known Use of boy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for boy

Middle English

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The first known use of boy was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of boy

: a male child
: a young man
: a usually young man from a specified kind of place


\ ˈbȯi How to pronounce boy (audio) \

Kids Definition of boy

1 : a male child from birth to young manhood
2 : son sense 1 She has two boys.
3 : a male servant

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