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A boy who has a sexual relationship with a man.

[Latin catamītus, from Catamītus, Ganymede, from Etruscan Catmite, from Greek Ganumēdēs.]


a boy kept for homosexual purposes
[C16: from Latin Catamītus, variant of Ganymēdēs Ganymede1]


(ˈkæt əˌmaɪt)

a boy or youth having a sexual relationship with a man.
[1585–95; < Latin Catamītus < Etruscan Catmite < Greek Ganymḗdēs Ganymede]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catamite - a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man
boy, male child - 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"
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Even in the rare instances that the khristos, the customer, is as committed as any Jewdean to the belief that carnal recreation should involve a man and a woman, the khristianos, the bathboy, is bound to be a catamite slave.
The name Romulus had been considered, but it bore too many embarrassing associations, such as king, fratricide, catamite, inciter of gangbangs, and an apotheosis triggered by senators tearing him to pieces.
In fact the rib-cage drops without much transition into the pelvis and inordinately inflated muscles of the sprawling thighs; none more widely unclasped than those of Ganymede, his calves pinioned apart by Jove's eagle as he is carried off to become the god's catamite (Harvard Art Museum).
There was a bold British explorer / On Capri or Isola Azzurra / When fucking one night / His tight catamite / Said, "Sir, my Assola Izzurra.
Not only was Laughton gay in real life, but DeMille allowed him to turn his Nero into an outrageous queen, complete with a young, male catamite at his side (Callow 1987:51).
There was Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms--featuring the famous jacket photo that made Capote look like a catamite in an opium den--and Carson McCullers' Reflections in a Golden Eye.
New York City becomes "the catamite of Hell," raped by "a Figure with supernatural powers.
10) On (presumably) day two, he says that he is attacked by a catamite who super inguina mea diu multumque frustra moluit ("over my groin he ground a lot and for a long time in vain" 23.
Thus the switch from sodomitical "Turk" to catamite "English" traveler between these two plays is both revealing and carefully handled.
For reasons of personal revenge, Silures/Buckingham, "the Catamite of our time," blocks the Spanish marriage negotiations.
For instance, in chapter 3, DiGangi calls attention to research that the words ganymede, ingle, and catamite first appeared in English at the beginning of the 1590s, yet he does not engage with what might subtend this linguistic novelty.
All Pulp Fiction's other females orbit the "active" males they're paired with as if attached by Crazy Glue, in one case requesting "oral pleasure" with the languid coquettishness of a teenage catamite.