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

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When Harry Styles—Leto's fellow Gucci fanboy and one of this year's co-hosts—arrived to the pink carpet, the Internet quickly put in work and churned out some golden tweets. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Memes and Twitter Reactions From the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Will, in particular, was reportedly in full fanboy mode during the meeting, asking Alex tons of questions about his epic climb. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Arranged a Private Screening of this Oscar-Nominated Movie for Prince George," 16 Feb. 2019 Apple's credit card effort floats upon not only its billions, but also its unmatched fanboy enthusiasm into the world of financial services. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 2019 The height of the Android-iOS fanboy wars are years in the past. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Is Bringing Android's Best Feature to the iPhone," 14 Feb. 2019 The movie's opening is a reminder that fanboys aren't the only moviegoers that matter during summer. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ocean's 8': How the Female-Fronted Film Stole the Box-Office Crown," 11 June 2018 The fanboy favorite was dressed up as Princess Leia when an intoxicated man reached under her costume and grabbed her inappropriately. Diana Falzone, Fox News, "7 times stars were attacked," 1 Nov. 2016 Winstead—who's already a fanboy dreamgirl after starring in Death Proof, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The Thing—has been trying to keep her cool against a barrage of media curiosity. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Spring's Coolest Shades," 10 Mar. 2016 An immortal aristocrat introduces our hero to the supernatural, while the doctor’s fanboy hospital administrator hooks him up with a night shift. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of fanboy

1919, in the meaning defined above

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