fly·​boy ˈflī-ˌbȯi How to pronounce flyboy (audio)
: a member of the air force
especially : an aircraft pilot

Examples of flyboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butler has the look of an actor who would be cast as a cocky flyboy in a 1940s movie, but Cleven is too smooth to give him much to play, especially after his love interest — Isabel May’s Marge — is introduced in the premiere and then never seen again. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 There’s also Lewis Pullman, the Top Gun: Maverick supporting flyboy that shows up here as Lieutenant Thomas Keefer, Maryk’s best friend and the possible real inciter of rebellion here. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 Oct. 2023 Or that those are all hallucinatory images coming from the last synaptic firings of a past-his-prime flyboy getting smeared across the horizon alongside the pieces of his jet? Vulture, 29 May 2022 This Korean War flyboy drama was largely passed over at TIFF, but an Audience Award at the Middleburg Film Festival put it back on pundits’ radars. Vulture, 18 Nov. 2022 Brawn and brains, flyboy and nerd, working together to take out the baddies. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2010 Starring Jonathan Majors as Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in Navy history, and Powell as his flyboy friend Tom Hudner, Devotion, based on the bestselling book of the same name, opened with $9 million over the holiday weekend. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 28 Nov. 2022 So with all that, why the optimism now for Tom Cruise’s flyboy movie? Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 Enter a cocky 60-year-old flyboy and his rag-tag team of young fighter pilots. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flyboy was in 1937

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“Flyboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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