fanboy

noun

fan·​boy ˈfan-ˌbȯi How to pronounce fanboy (audio)
: 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 So this idea of a shapeshifter who loved those movies and was ultimately just a fanboy was the secret to cracking that one open. EW.com, 5 Apr. 2024 By contrast, the conversion of the GOP en masse into Putin fanboys is definitely an unprecedented development in American political history, and Trump deserves much but not all of the credit. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 James Cameron’s ambitious sequel inspired moviegoers to check out Pandora on the widest screens available, which was good news for Imax as the company has become synonymous with the fanboy and fangirl fare. Brent Lang, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 His performance as the Kingpin on Netflix won such fanboy approval and credibility that casting anyone else in the role would have seemed almost criminal. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 Marsden's sparring with Gladden — who begins the series as a preening fanboy before realizing the Sonic the Hedgehog star might be the stupidest member of the jury — is the show's crowning glory. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2023 That accuracy has garnered the company a loyal following of fanboys who commune online in social media groups buying, pricing, trading and critiquing all things McFarlane. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2023 Tell that to Jason Kelce, who not only wore a red Big Yeti T-shirt in honor of his brother’s nickname but went full fanboy in a red and white Chiefs beanie. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 29 Jan. 2024 The British musician, who worked with the pop powerhouse on Music, Ray of Light, and MDNA, admitted on Instagram Monday that he’s become a fanboy. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fanboy was in 1919

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“Fanboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fanboy. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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