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 Matteo Salvini, the Italian politician, is a great Putin admirer: a fanboy, really. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "How Fares Freedom?," 17 Dec. 2020 Sarsour — as well another Farrakhan fanboy, the rapper Common — were recently seen participating in the 2020 Democratic National Convention. David Harsanyi, National Review, "When Will Democrats Reckon with Their Own Crackpots and Conspiracy Theorists?," 24 Aug. 2020 Their letter sounds faddish and fanboy, like a USA Today editorial. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Pint-Sized Hurt Pimps Win One at the Getty," 19 Aug. 2020 But when critics have dared to point out that such movies are simplistic and not very good, they've been accused of being bad allies, or worse, lumped in with the sexist fanboys who decry anything that doesn't meet their testosterone threshold. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Birds of Prey," 7 Feb. 2020 The character was a fanboy of masked avengers and dropped off the map in the final arc of the season. James Hibberd,, "HBO's Watchmen site hints Lube Man's identity after finale," 16 Dec. 2019 The malicious kind is all too obvious: fanboys who, when the nakedness of their emperor (whether superheroic or political) is stated, react with rage ranging from insults to ethnic slurs to rape threats and death threats. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Twenty-Seven Best Movies of the Decade," 27 Nov. 2019 These villains are like the ultimate misguided fanboys, their splotchy masks a kind of meme-trolling made concrete. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Watchmen’ Is an Audacious Rorschach Test," 17 Oct. 2019 Tesla fanboys rejoiced, pushing the stock up more than 2 percent. Washington Post, "Come On, China. Tesla’s Just a Shiny Object," 18 Sep. 2019

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Fanboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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