fly·​boy | \ ˈflī-ˌbȯi How to pronounce flyboy (audio) \

Definition of flyboy

: a member of the air force especially : an aircraft pilot

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Recent Examples on the Web Released in 1986 and starring Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and some other guy, the movie is a prime specimen of its era’s high-concept entertainment, full of movie-star bravado and flyboy bluster. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Viewing Party! Let’s All Watch ‘Top Gun’ Together," 19 Mar. 2020 The legendary Paul Mantz was the principal stunt pilot, and the rest of the flyboys were made up of former World War I pilots. Susan King, Los Angeles Times, "World War I inspired some cinematic masterpieces. Here are a few of them," 1 Jan. 2020 Wedge Antilles flies again Speaking of Red Squadron, Luke’s fellow flyboy Wedge Antilles joins the climactic battle against the Final Order (the ultimate incarnation of the First Order). Oliver Gettell,, "A guide to the Star Wars callbacks and parallels in The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 Oscar Isaac, a movie star in his own right, charms as the reckless flyboy Poe Dameron. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens," 12 Nov. 2019 No, there’s no young G.I nicknamed Brooklyn, but there are hotshot flyboys who stick their chewing gum next to a photo of their wives in the cockpit during dogfights. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘Midway’ turns World War II battle into a cartoon," 7 Nov. 2019 Chaotic camera cuts and shaky-cam strap the viewer into the cockpit with the flyboy. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 Star Wars has long needed its own Top Gun, a vehicle that focuses on those rebellious flyboys and flygirls in X-wings taking on the Empire (or First Order) in epic dogfights. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Going 'Solo': Here are 5 more characters who need their own 'Star Wars' spinoffs," 29 May 2018 The spirit greets a firefighting pilot who dies and then has to help a fellow flyboy who falls in love with the late dude's girlfriend. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "All of Steven Spielberg's movies (including 'Ready Player One'), ranked," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flyboy

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Flyboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flyboy

US, informal + old-fashioned : a man who is a pilot in the Air Force

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