boyhood


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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.

boyhood

(ˈbɔɪhʊd)
n
the state or time of being a boy: his boyhood was happy.

boy•hood

(ˈbɔɪ hʊd)

n.
1. the state or period of being a boy.
2. boys collectively.
[1735–45]

Boyhood

 boys collectively, 1802.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boyhood - the childhood of a boyboyhood - the childhood of a boy    
childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child
Translations
صِبا، سِن الحَداثَه
chlapectví
drengeår
drengsaldur
chlapčenstvo
deštvo
çocukluk çağı/dönemi

boyhood

[ˈbɔɪhʊd] Nniñez f; (as teenager) → adolescencia f

boyhood

[ˈbɔɪhʊd] n (= childhood) → enfance f

boyhood

[ˈbɔɪhʊd] ninfanzia; (as teenager) → adolescenza

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.
References in classic literature ?
There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at the last one pause: --through infancy's unconscious spell, boyhood's thoughtless faith, adolescence' doubt (the common doom), then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood's pondering repose of If.
My passions, from that hapless hour, Usurp'd a tyranny which men Have deem'd, since I have reach'd to power; My innate nature - be it so: But, father, there liv'd one who, then, Then - in my boyhood - when their fire Burn'd with a still intenser glow,(For passion must, with youth, expire) E'en then who knew this iron heart In woman's weakness had a part.
This was after we had removed from the town where the earlier years of my boyhood were passed, and I had barely adjusted myself to the strange environment when one of my uncles asked me to come with him and learn the drug business, in the place, forty miles away, where he practised medicine.
He felt a wild longing for the unstained purity of his boyhood-- his rose-white boyhood, as Lord Henry had once called it.
They were of Terkoz, Tublat, Kerchak, and a smaller, less ferocious figure, that was Neeta, the little playmate of his boyhood.
I had visited it frequently during my boyhood. Six years had passed since then: I was a wreck, but nought had changed in those savage and enduring scenes.
She was really a little gold-haired blue-eyed dryad, whose true home was a wild white cherry-tree that grew in some scattered woodland behind the old country-house of my boyhood. In spring- time how that naughty tree used to flash its silver nakedness of blossom for miles across the furze and scattered birches!
I was a man now, and I made a clean sweep of everything that bound me to my boyhood.
All through his boyhood and young manhood George Willard had been in the habit of walking on Trunion Pike.
Though he is over forty now, he meets new people and new enterprises with the impulsiveness by which his boyhood friends remember him.
I thought that among those surroundings, with their recollections of his boyhood, Dirk Stroeve would forget his unhappiness.
The cheeks that had been blanched of late suddenly flamed with the color of boyhood; his eyes glowed with all the fire of youth; but his hands trembled as he opened it.