boy

boy
boy1 W1S1 [bɔı] n
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Perhaps from Frisian boi 'boy']
1.) a male child, or a male person in general
→↑girl
The boys wanted to play football.
The school has over 1,200 boys and girls aged 11 - 18.
a teenage/adolescent boy
A group of teenage boys stood talking in a group outside.
bad/naughty boy
'You naughty boy!' she said in a harsh voice.
What a polite little boy (=young male child) you are.
Come on, Timmy, act like a big boy (=an older boy) now.
2.) a son
I love my boys, but I'd like to have a girl too.
How old is your little boy (=young son) ?
3.) office/paper/delivery etc boy
a young man who does a particular job
4.) city/local/country boy informal
a man of any age who is typical of people from a particular place, or who feels a strong connection with the place he grew up in
The classic story of a local boy who's made good (=who has succeeded) .
I'm just a country boy.
5.) the boys [plural] informal
a group of men who are friends and often go out together
Friday is his night out with the boys .
He considers himself just one of the boys (=not anyone special, but liked by other men) .
6.) a way of talking to a male horse or dog
Good boy!
7.) boys [plural] informal
a) a group of men who do the same job
Oh no! Wait until the press boys get hold of this story.
b) men in the army, navy etc, especially those who are fighting in a war
our boys on the front lines
8.) boys will be boys
used to say that you should not be surprised when boys or men behave badly, are noisy etc
9.) the boys in blue informal
the police
10.) old boy/my dear boy
BrE old-fashioned a friendly way for one man to speak to another man
11.) AmE not polite an offensive way of talking to a black man
→↑blue-eyed boy,jobs for the boys atjob, ↑mama's boy, mummy's boy, old boy, wide boy
boy 2
boy2 interjection AmE informal
1.) used when you are excited or pleased about something
Boy, that was a great meal!
2.) oh boy!
used when you are slightly annoyed or disappointed about something
Oh boy! Bethany's sick again.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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