pretty boy

noun

Definition of pretty boy

informal + usually disparaging
: a man who is notably good-looking also : dandy sense 1

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Synonyms for pretty boy

Synonyms

beau, Beau Brummell, buck, dandy, dude, fop, gallant, jay, lounge lizard, macaroni, toff [chiefly British]

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Examples of pretty boy in a Sentence

Movie critics seem to finally agree that this pretty boy can act. a downtown dance club with lots of pretty boys in attendance

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Not a pretty boy, but handsome is as handsome does. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Red Caddy," 24 Apr. 2018 Keith Urban shares the 'Texas' love at RodeoHouston Stapleton is like an outlaw alien of some sort who landed amid the pretty boys, polished ballads and bro anthems that populate RodeoHouston. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Stapleton's second spin at RodeoHouston is as good as his first," 17 Mar. 2018 Around the gilded bar circled socialites, influencers, glamazons, pretty boys, and pop idols of every shape, gender, color, and age. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Disco Was Not Dead at The Blonds’s After-Party," 13 Feb. 2019 Not a pretty boy, but handsome is as handsome does. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Red Caddy," 24 Apr. 2018 There’s a pretty boy named Ivan, a collection of wise and large-minded older people. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Alan Hollinghurst’s Long Journey," 30 Mar. 2018 Subconsciously, my affection for pretty boys has continued into adulthood. Alim Kheraj, GQ, "You're (Gay) Crushing It, Bro," 15 Mar. 2018 Keith Urban shares the 'Texas' love at RodeoHouston Stapleton is like an outlaw alien of some sort who landed amid the pretty boys, polished ballads and bro anthems that populate RodeoHouston. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Stapleton's second spin at RodeoHouston is as good as his first," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pretty boy

1835, in the meaning defined above

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pretty boy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pretty boy

informal + disapproving : a man who is very attractive

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