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n. pl. boy·os Chiefly Irish and Welsh
A boy or man. Used especially as a form of address.

[boy + -o.]
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informal Brit a boy or young man: often used in direct address
[from Irish and Welsh]
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1. a boy or youth; young man.
2. chap; fellow (used as a familiar term of address).
[1250–1300; Middle English ladde, of obscure orig.; compare late Old English Ladda (nickname)]
lad′dish, adj.
lad′hood, n.
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[ˈbɔɪəʊ] N (Brit) (often in direct address) → joven m, muchacho m
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interj (Welsh) → Junge m
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Do we not hear citizens of the North sometimes referring to our South Wales cousins as Boyos or Taffies?
And if that is his definition of a Welsh boyo, then I am sorry - I would rather our Welsh boyos than a whinger like him.
HOME boyos the GLC will be visiting the Carling Academy, Birmingham, next week to play their own DJ set.
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Boyos got one back through debutant Ryan Goodger who scored a neat 25 yard left footed strike into the top corner in the second half, in truth the game was over halfway through the first half.
Wales started the tournament as 80-1 outsiders, but Beach's boyos rocked the All Blacks 15-14 with a last gasp Tom Isaacs try before ousting the Samoans 19-12.
These boyos can do no wrong, it seems, and from there it was a night of pure metal mayhem, Tuck having the frenzied faithful hang on his every word and movement.