boy Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun 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
noun a friendly informal reference to a grown man
- he likes to play golf with the boys
noun a male human offspring
- their son became a famous judge
- his boy is taller than he is
noun (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man
- get out of my way, boy
A male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence, a son.
My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee. Sir W. Scott.
✍ Boy is often used as a term of comradeship, as in college, or in the army or navy. In the plural used colloquially of members of an assosiaton, fraternity, or party.
Boy transitive verb
To act as a boy; -- in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage.
I shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness. Shak.
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