boyish


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boy·ish

 (boi′ĭsh)
adj.
Characteristic of or befitting a boy: boyish charm.

boy′ish·ly adv.
boy′ish·ness n.

boyish

(ˈbɔɪɪʃ)
adj
of or like a boy in looks, behaviour, or character, esp when regarded as attractive or endearing: a boyish smile.
ˈboyishly adv
ˈboyishness n

boy•ish

(ˈbɔɪ ɪʃ)

adj.
of or befitting a boy; engagingly youthful.
[1540–50]
boy′ish•ly, adv.
boy′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.boyish - befitting or characteristic of a young boy; "a boyish grin"; "schoolboyish pranks"
young, immature - (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people"

boyish

adjective youthful, young, innocent, adolescent, juvenile, childish, immature, green, childlike He has a boyish enthusiasm for life.
Translations

boyish

[ˈbɔɪɪʃ] ADJ [appearance, manner] → juvenil; (= tomboyish) (of girl) → de muchacho, de chico; (of small girl) → de niño

boyish

[ˈbɔɪɪʃ] adj
[grin, enthusiasm, looks] → d'enfant, de garçon
to look boyish (= appear youthful) [man] → faire jeune
a boyish woman → une garçonne
[figure, manner] → juvénile; [hairstyle] → à la garçonne

boyish

adjjungenhaft; womanknabenhaft

boyish

[ˈbɔɪɪʃ] adj (appearance, manner) → da ragazzo
References in classic literature ?
Neither had success as yet affected their boyish simplicity and the frankness of old frontier habits; they played with their new-found riches with the naive delight of children, and rehearsed their glowing future with the importance and triviality of school-boys.
She was a mere girl--and a boyish girl at that--with sunburned fingers that delighted in doing what boys' fingers did; with a body and muscles that liked swimming and violent endeavour of all sorts; with a mind that was daring, but that dared no farther than boys' adventures, and that delighted in rifles and revolvers, Stetson hats, and a sexless camaraderie with men.
For a fleeting moment a shadow darkened his boyish face, to be replaced by the glow of tenderness.
A pretty dream," said my soul, "though a little boyish for thirty.
The child's features were well molded, and his frank, bright eyes gave an expression of boyish generosity to a face which otherwise would have been too arrogant and haughty for such a mere baby.
You are old enough to leave off boyish tricks, and to behave better, Josephine.
I saw them at home, not many months ago, in my father's library (it has long outgrown the old bookcase, which has gone I know not where), and upon the whole I rather shrank from taking them down, much more from opening them, though I could not say why, unless it was from the fear of perhaps finding the ghost of my boyish self within, pressed flat like a withered leaf, somewhere between the familiar pages.
Some knit stockings belonging to Mombi and a much worn pair of his own shoes completed the man's apparel, and Tip was so delighted that he danced up and down and laughed aloud in boyish ecstacy.
In the boyish figure she yearned to see something half forgotten that had once been a part of herself re- created.
The momentary struggle ended in the feeling that he could bear a great deal from Adam, to whom he had been the occasion of bearing so much; but there was a touch of pleading, boyish vexation in his tone as he said, "But people may make injuries worse by unreasonable conduct--by giving way to anger and satisfying that for the moment, instead of thinking what will be the effect in the future.
Our boyish days look very merry to us now, all nutting, hoop, and gingerbread.
The modest world of my boyish love and my boyish joy disappeared like the vision of a dream.