home·​boy | \ ˈhōm-ˌbȯi How to pronounce homeboy (audio) \

Definition of homeboy

1 slang : a boy or man from one's neighborhood, hometown, or region broadly : a male friend
2 slang
a : a boy or man who is a member of one's peer group
b : a member of one's gang
3 slang : an inner-city youth

Examples of homeboy in a Sentence

He dedicated his win to his homeboys back home. He was hanging out with his homeboys.
Recent Examples on the Web The pair’s proximity to skid row in the heyday of S.A. Studios (read: , the Chicano slang term for homeboy) keeps Oriol attuned to the social and psychological crises that grip so many of the people who call the neighborhood home. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.'s ‘cholo Da Vincis’ brought Chicano culture to the boardroom. Now they have a Netflix doc," 10 Apr. 2020 Our dad was an original Little Tokyo homeboy when L.A. was still a small town. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: That didn’t go well at all," 10 Oct. 2019 The 100-year-old Los Angeles homeboy, all the way to the majors. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: That didn’t go well at all," 10 Oct. 2019 Her boldest marketing point is the game itself, replete with strong story lines, such as Woods’s resumed title march this year at the Masters and homeboy Shane Lowry winning the Open Championship at Royal Portbush. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "PGA to-do list included return to TPC Boston," 10 Aug. 2019 That’s a sentence fans of The Hills will never forget, and now, that combat boot-wearing homeboy is about to return to reality TV. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "Is The Hills' Justin Bobby Still Wearing Combat Boots To The Beach?," 25 June 2019 Here's hoping none of those homeboys wear combat boots to the VMAs. Andrea Park, Glamour, "The Hills Cast Will Reportedly Reunite at the MTV VMAs," 17 Aug. 2018 If 50 Cent doesn’t marry you…I’ll introduce you to my homeboy. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "50 Cent Flirts With Remy Ma on Instagram, Papoose Immediately Fires Back," 9 July 2018 If Holly Hylton had hollered at those two homeboys in Starbucks, she surely wouldn’t have called the cops. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Read This Before Calling the Police: For Wypipo Who Have Considered Cops When Privilege Wasn’t Enough," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of homeboy

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Homeboy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeboy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of homeboy

US slang
: a boy or man from your own neighborhood or hometown
: a member of your gang

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