Definition of boy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɔɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔɪ//
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  1. 1  [countable] a male child or a young male person a little/small/young boy I used to play here as a boy. The older boys at school used to tease him. Now she's a teenager, she's starting to be interested in boys. Be a good boy and get me my coat. see also frat boy, old boy, toy boy See related entries: Youth
  2. 2  [countable] a young son They have two boys and a girl. Her eldest boy is at college.
  3. 3[countable] (in compounds; offensive when used of an older man) a boy or young man who does a particular job a delivery boy see also barrow boy, best boy
  4. 4[countable] a way of talking about somebody who comes from a particular place, etc. He's a local boy. a city/country boy
  5. 5the boys [plural] (informal) a group of male friends who often go out together a night out with the boys
  6. 6our boys [plural] a way of talking with affection about your country’s soldiers a message of support for our boys serving overseas
  7. 7[countable] (North American English, taboo) used as an offensive way of addressing a black man, especially in the past
  8. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a male servant): of unknown origin.Extra examples Don’t cry—you’re a big boy now. Eat up your greens—there’s a good boy. How old is your eldest boy? I have three boys. I’ve got three boys. Our youngest boy is just starting school. Their boy is small for his age. They’ve had a baby boy. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Tony is usually a boy’s name. We used to play there when I was a little boy. Her eldest boy has just started high school.Idioms
    all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy)
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    (saying) it is not healthy to spend all your time working; you need to relax too
    (informal) the police See related entries: The police (saying) you should not be surprised when boys or men behave in a noisy or rough way as this is part of typical male behaviour (British English, informal, disapproving) people use the expression jobs for the boys when they are criticizing the fact that somebody in power has given work to friends or relatives from when somebody was young to when they were old or older He's been doing the same job for 50 years—man and boy.
    separate/sort out the men from the boys
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    to show or prove who is brave, skilful, etc. and who is not
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: boy