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 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 They have been flaunted recently in dazzling hues on golf courses and during private parties at seaside villas, heralded on Instagram fanboy accounts and Rodeo Drive parades orchestrated for YouTube. Hannah Elliottbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Have we hit peak supercar?," 9 Sep. 2019 Folks in assisted-living facilities, pasty fanboys at the mall. Michael Mcknight,, "Much Ado About JuJu," 4 Sep. 2019 Desmond Amofah, 29, had attained hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers as Etika — a Nintendo fanboy with a high-top haircut who reacted to new trailers and game announcements with exaggerated howls of emotion. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "YouTuber Etika found dead in East River, following a series of erratic videos and police confrontations," 25 June 2019 That point could be argued by fanboys who’ve spent countless hours debating the best Dark Knights and if Superman could beat Hulk in an arm-wrestling match. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "How Michael Keaton's 1989 blockbuster 'Batman' changed superhero movies forever," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of fanboy

1919, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2019

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“Fanboy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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