fan·​boy | \ ˈfan-ˌbȯi How to pronounce fanboy (audio) \

Definition of fanboy

: a boy or man who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something

Examples of fanboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fanboy mindset is exploited by the series producer, Ava DuVernay, to transform film culture into layman consensus. Armond White, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 Last month, Jared Leto, Hollywood’s mightiest Gucci fanboy (and paid ambassador of the brand), wore the label’s sheer shirt to a media event in Los Angeles. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Not to mention, after Gordon’s first wife divorced him and moved back to Chicago with their son, that son would grow into a kind of Joker fanboy and one of his father’s worst foes. Christopher Borrelli,, 11 Mar. 2022 Compounding the potential political problems for Biden was the immediate reaction to the Ukrainian crisis from Putin’s leading American fanboy. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 Speaking of which, Madison's boyfriend, Elijah (Adam Korson), shed his fanboy/nice guy label by standing up to Kevin. Dan Snierson,, 23 Feb. 2022 Here’s a look at the December premieres that have my fanboy senses tingling. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Dec. 2021 Only the most ardent fanboy (of which Tesla admittedly does have a lot) really want Toyota to fail. James Morris, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Working on a series allows filmmakers to expand their stories and explore characters and plot lines in more detail without the need to service the fanboy culture of superheroes. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fanboy

1919, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Fanboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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