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boy

 (boi)
n.
1. A male child.
2. A son: his youngest boy.
3. Often Offensive A man, especially a young man.
4. Informal A man socializing in a group of men: a night out with the boys.
5. Offensive A male servant or employee.
interj.
Used to express mild astonishment, elation, or disgust: Oh boy—what a surprise!

[Middle English boi, male servant, churl, young male, possibly from Old French embuié, person in fetters, from past participle of embuier, to fetter, from buie, fetter, shackle, from Latin bōia, collar or yoke used to restrain criminals, probably from Greek boeiā (dorā), (skin) of an ox, an ox hide (such restraints being made from ox hide), from feminine of boeios, of an ox or oxen, of ox hide, from bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.]

boy′hood′ n.

boy

(bɔɪ)
n
1. a male child; lad; youth
2. a man regarded as immature or inexperienced: he's just a boy when it comes to dealing with women.
3. See old boy
4. informal a group of men, esp a group of friends
5. usually derogatory (esp in former colonial territories) a Black person or native male servant of any age
6. Austral a jockey or apprentice
7. short for boyfriend
8. boys will be boys youthful indiscretion or exuberance must be expected and tolerated
9. jobs for the boys informal appointment of one's supporters to posts, without reference to their qualifications or ability
10. the boy informal Irish the right tool for a particular task: that's the boy to cut it.
interj
an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, contempt, etc: boy, is he going to be sorry!.
[C13 (in the sense: male servant; C14: young male): of uncertain origin; perhaps from Anglo-French abuié fettered (unattested), from Latin boia fetter]

boy

(bɔɪ)

n.
1. a male child, from birth to full growth.
2. a young man who lacks maturity, judgment, etc.
3. Informal. a grown man, esp. when referred to familiarly.
4. a son.
5. a male who is from or native to a given place: He's a country boy.
6. boys, (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a. a range of sizes from 8 to 20 in garments for boys.
b. a garment in this range.
7. Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to or address a man considered to be inferior in race, nationality, or occupational status.)
8. Usually Offensive. (a term used to refer to or address a male servant or domestic employee.)
interj.
9. (an exclamation of wonder, approval, etc., or of displeasure or contempt.)
[1250–1300; Middle English boy(e), bye servant, commoner, boy; of obscure orig.]
usage: Definition 8, usually referring to nonwhites, is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting. It is used most often to emphasize the speaker's low opinion of the person referred to. Definition 9, less common today, was originally used in colonial territories such as India to refer to a native male servant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boy - a youthful male personboy - a youthful male person; "the baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are only boys in uniform"
male person, male - a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
altar boy - a boy serving as an acolyte
ball boy - a boy who retrieves balls for tennis players
bat boy - (baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
laddie, sonny, sonny boy, cub, lad - a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
catamite - a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man
farm boy - a boy who has grown up on a farm
Fauntleroy, Little Lord Fauntleroy - an excessively polite and well-dressed boy
ploughboy, plowboy - a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow
schoolboy - a boy attending school
Scout - a Boy Scout or Girl Scout
shop boy - a young male shop assistant
female child, little girl, girl - a youthful female person; "the baby was a girl"; "the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"
2.boy - a friendly informal reference to a grown man; "he likes to play golf with the boys"
broth of a boy, broth of a man - an outstanding person; as if produced by boiling down a savory broth
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
one of the boys - a man who has been socially accepted into a group of other men; "he quickly became one of the boys"
3.boy - a male human offspringboy - a male human offspring; "their son became a famous judge"; "his boy is taller than he is"
Jnr, Jr, Junior - a son who has the same first name as his father
male offspring, man-child - a child who is male
mama's boy, mamma's boy, mother's boy - a boy excessively attached to his mother; lacking normal masculine interests
daughter, girl - a female human offspring; "her daughter cared for her in her old age"
4.boy - (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man; "get out of my way, boy"
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Black man - a man who is Black

boy

noun lad, kid (informal), youth, fellow, youngster, chap (informal), schoolboy, junior, laddie (Scot.), stripling I knew him when he was just a little boy.
Proverbs
"Never send a boy to do a man's job"
"Boys will be boys"

boy

noun
Informal. A grown man referred to familiarly, jokingly, or as a member of one's set or group:
Informal: chap.
Translations
صَبِيُّفَتى، صَبي، ذَكَروَلَدوَلَد، صَبي
момче
home
chlapechochkamelotkluk-kluk
drengfyrknægtdrengene=-dreng
knabo
poiss
poikapojatheppu
dječakmomak
feketeférfifiúszolga
puero
laki-lakipria
drengurstrákurvikapiltur
少年
소년젊은이
adulescenspuer
berniukasdraugaskokį nors darbą dirbantis vaikinasvaikystė
avīžpuika/iznēsātājskovbojszēns
băiatfiu
chlapeckamelot
dečekfant
killepojkegossegrabb
เด็กชายเด็กหนุ่ม
oğlanoğlan çocuğubir iş yapan erkek çocukdelikanlıerkek çocuk
козачок
chàng traicon trai

boy

[bɔɪ]
A. N
1. (= small) → niño m; (= young man) → muchacho m, chico m, joven m (LAm); (= son) → hijo m
oh boy!¡vaya!
I have known him from a boylo conozco desde chico
to send a boy to do a man's jobmandar a un muchacho a hacer un trabajo de hombre
boys will be boys¡los hombres, ya se sabe, son como niños!
see also old C
2. (= fellow) → chico m, hijo m
that's the boy!; that's my boy!¡bravo!
but my dear boy!¡pero hijo!, ¡pero hombre!
García and his boys in the national teamGarcía y sus muchachos del equipo nacional
he's out with the boysha salido con los amigos
he's one of the boys nowahora es un personaje
the boys in blue (Brit) → la policía
see also job A1
3. (= servant) → criado m
B. CPD boy band N (Brit) (Mus) grupo de música pop masculino
boy racer N (Brit) (pej) → loco m del volante
boy scout N(muchacho m or niño m) explorador m
boy wonder Nniño m prodigio, joven promesa m

boy

[ˈbɔɪ]
ngarçon m
boys will be boys → ça, c'est bien les hommes
to be one of the boys (= one of the lads) → faire partie de la bande
the boys in blue (old-fashioned) (= police) → les gardiens de la paix
excl (mainly US) oh boy!, boy! → dis donc!boy band n (British)boys band m

boy

n
(= male child)Junge m, → Bub m (dial); bad or naughty boy!du frecher Bengel; (to animal) → böser Hund! etc; sit, boy! (to dog) → sitz!; the Jones boyder Junge von Jones; boys will be boysJungen sind nun mal so; a school for boyseine Jungenschule; good morning, boysguten Morgen(, Jungs)! ? old boy
(inf: = fellow) → Knabe m (inf); the old boy (= boss)der Alte (inf); (= father)mein etc alter Herr
(= friend) the boysmeine/seine Kumpels; our boys (= team)unsere Jungs; jobs for the boysVetternwirtschaft f
(= native servant, liftboy)Boy m; (= messenger boy, ship’s boy)Junge m; (= butcher’s etc boy)(Lauf)junge m; (= pageboy)(Hotel)boy m; (= stable boy)Stalljunge or (older) → -bursche m
oh boy! (inf)Junge, Junge! (inf)

boy

:
boyfriend
nFreund m
boyhood
nKindheit f; (as teenager) → Jugend(zeit) f

boy

:
boy scout
nPfadfinder m
Boy Scouts
n singPfadfinder pl
boy toy
n (inf, pej)
(= woman) junge, sexuell anziehende Frau
(= man) junger, besonders für ältere Frauen attraktiver Mann
boy wonder
n (inf)Wunderkind nt, → Wunderknabe m

boy

[bɔɪ] nragazzo; (small) → bambino; (son) → figlio; (servant) → servo
she had a boy → ha avuto un maschio
school for boys → scuola maschile
when I was a boy → quand'ero piccolo
boys will be boys → che vuoi, sono maschi
he's out with the boys → è fuori con gli amici
old boy → vecchio mio
my dear boy → mio caro
oh boy! → mamma mia!

boy

(boi) noun
1. a male child. She has three girls and one boy.
2. (as part of another word) a male (often adult) who does a certain job. a cowboy; a paper-boy.
ˈboyhood noun
the time of being a boy. a happy boyhood; (also adjective) boyhood memories.
ˈboyfriend noun
a girl's favourite male friend.

boy

صَبِيُّ, وَلَد chlapec dreng, fyr Bursche, Junge αγόρι, παλληκάρι muchacho, niño heppu, poika garçon, gars dječak, momak ragazzo 少年 소년, 젊은이 jongen gutt, unggutt chłopak, chłopiec menino, moço, rapaz мальчик, парень kille, pojke เด็กชาย, เด็กหนุ่ม delikanlı, oğlan çocuğu chàng trai, con trai 少年, 男孩

boy

n. niño, muchacho.

boy

n niño, muchacho, chico
References in classic literature ?
It's quite appalling to see the number of children who have shot up into big boys and girls -- really young men and women -- these past two years.
The puppies were yelping, the small boys romping, and the big boys all talking at once; the curtains were up, the room close, berries scattered freely about, Mac's shade half off, his cheeks flushed, his temper ruffled, and his voice loudest of all as he disputed hotly with Steve about lending certain treasured books which he could no longer use.
It would be inhuman to talk to those tiny, soft, velvety little creatures as we do to great big boys and girls.
An enthusiastic welcome from three big boys and several pretty children speedily soothed her ruffled feelings, and leaving Amy to entertain the hostess and Mr.
A large roped ring is made, into which are introduced a dozen or so of big boys and young men who mean to play; these are carefully blinded and turned loose into the ring, and then a man is introduced not blindfolded; with a bell hung round his neck, and his two hands tied behind him.
My tatinek say when you are big boy, he give you his gun.
But I was loving you all the time, Elam, for the great big boy you are, breaking the thirty-million toy with which you had grown tired of playing.
He saw the headmaster; he walked slowly down from the schoolhouse to his own, talking to a big boy who Philip supposed was in the sixth; he was little changed, tall, cadaverous, romantic as Philip remembered him, with the same wild eyes; but the black beard was streaked with gray now and the dark, sallow face was more deeply lined.
The Fairy Peribanou had fled into the inmost cavern with Prince Ahmed: the Roc had whisked away Sindbad the Sailor out of the Valley of Diamonds out of sight, far into the clouds: and there was everyday life before honest William; and a big boy beating a little one without cause.
It was an enormous big boy, and Ona was such a tiny creature herself, that it seemed quite incredible.
When we next hear of him he is a big boy, the hero of the nursery with four little sisters, and a wee, toddling, baby brother, to all of whom he loved to play big brother.
Another, a big boy four years of age, seated with legs dangling, upon a bench that was too high for him, before a table that reached to his chin, and uttering not a word.