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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Kilmer, who recently survived a bout with throat cancer, appears in the new film, but his Admiral Kazansky has left flyboy antics long behind. Clark Collis,, 9 May 2022 Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett are flyboy BFFs who love the same woman (Kate Beckinsale) – one dude gets with her when the other dies, and then that guy ends up alive, which makes everything awkward – in an infamously disappointing effort. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 Over the next two years, Jonathan Majors will play a cowboy, a flyboy, a boxer and Marvel’s newest supervillain. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 4 Nov. 2021 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, 9 June 2021 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, 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, 1 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flyboy was in 1937

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“Flyboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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