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

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 And, like, no matter their history, homeboy did hop countries for her. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Is Brimming With Exes," 6 June 2018 But before their hometown homeboys would revolutionize guitar rock in 1965 with Here Come The Sonics, Nokie took the fuzz pedal for a test run in 1962 with this aptly named instrumental. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Remembering Nokie Edwards: 10 Essential Songs from The Ventures," 14 Mar. 2018 Her hobbies included being an avid reader, a die hard Cleveland Indians fan, watching college basketball ( her homeboy Lebron) and a passion for cooking. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sara J. Asadow," 8 Feb. 2018 West allows for his homeboy Sanders’ moderate racial positions in the name of politics, but not Obama’s. Michael Harriot, The Root, "From an Ex-Neoliberal: Why Ta-Nehisi Coates Keeps Talking About White Supremacy," 19 Dec. 2017 Dirtybird homeboy Justin Jay will take live electronic to a new level. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Dirtybird Campout East Announces Phase 1 Lineup With Mija, Soul Clap, Just Blaze & More," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of homeboy

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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