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 For example, Eddie Jacobson, the son of a Jewish shoemaker, only lobbied Harry Truman, his Missouri homeboy, once: when the president was wrestling with what to do about the dilemma of Palestine. David Holahan, USA TODAY, 4 July 2021 An actor, comedian and former college football player from Atlanta, Banks has built a big following on social media with funny videos about little daily dramas, from being flush with stimulus money to being pursued by his homeboy’s girl. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021 Little bit of @michaelmuller7, little bit of @gilmoregirls homeboy love! Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, 7 Apr. 2021 All of which added some context, and a bit of nostalgia, for Kuraly when homeboy Jack Roslovic, part of the blockbuster Patrik Laine deal that sent Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Jets, recently suited up for the Blue Jackets. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Feb. 2021 McCarthy hired his homeboy, Nolan, to implement a complicated scheme that required a significant personnel change during a pandemic. Dallas News, 22 Oct. 2020 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, 10 Apr. 2020 Our dad was an original Little Tokyo homeboy when L.A. was still a small town. Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2019 The 100-year-old Los Angeles homeboy, all the way to the majors. Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2019

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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 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of homeboy

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


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