boy: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (boi), [key]
— n.
  1. a male child, from birth to full growth, esp. one less than 18 years of age.
  2. a young man who lacks maturity, judgment, etc.
  3. a grown man, esp. when referred to familiarly: He liked to play poker with the boys.
  4. a son: Sam's oldest boy is helping him in the business.
  5. a male who is from or native to a given place.
    1. a range of sizes from 8 to 20 in garments made for boys.
    2. a garment in this size range.
    3. the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
  6. military personnel, esp. combat soldiers: Support the boys overseas.
  7. a man considered by the speaker to be inferior in race, nationality, or occupational status.
  8. a young male servant; page.
  9. (in India, China, Japan, etc.) a native male servant, working as a butler, waiter, houseboy, etc.
  10. an apprentice seaman or fisherman.
  1. an exclamation of wonder, approval, etc., or of displeasure or contempt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • boy (Thesaurus)