boy

Definitions

  • "'I don't remember seeing a boy.'"
    "'I don't remember seeing a boy.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n boy (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man "get out of my way, boy"
    • n boy a friendly informal reference to a grown man "he likes to play golf with the boys"
    • n boy 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"
    • n boy a male human offspring "their son became a famous judge","his boy is taller than he is"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'What is it?—a fire? Speak, boy!'" "'What is it?—a fire? Speak, boy!'"
GOOD NEWS OF THE BOY GOOD NEWS OF THE BOY
A boy and a girl fishing A boy and a girl fishing
A boy covers his ears while a girl plays the piano A boy covers his ears while a girl plays the piano
Sweetie and two of the boys outside in the cold Sweetie and two of the boys outside in the cold
The boys in the pond, fishing with rods The boys in the pond, fishing with rods
The boy feeds his dog scraps from his plate The boy feeds his dog scraps from his plate
Two boys build a snowman Two boys build a snowman

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A seven year old boy was the first person to survive the Horeshoe Falls (Niagara Falls) in just a life jacket
    • 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."
    • Boy In various countries, a male servant, laborer, or slave of a native or inferior race; also, any man of such a race; -- considered derogatory by those so called, and now seldom used. "He reverted again and again to the labor difficulty, and spoke of importing boys from Capetown."
    • v. t Boy 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word vaccine comes from the Latin word "vacca," which means cow. This name was chosen beacause the first vaccination was derived from cowpox which was given to a boy
    • n boy A male child, from birth to full growth, but especially from the end of infancy to the beginning of youth: also applied to a young man, implying immaturity, want of vigor or judgment, etc.
    • n boy In familiar or playful use (usually in the plural), a grown man regarded as one of the younger members of a family, as an intimate friend or associate, or as having in any respect a boyish relation or character.
    • n boy Specifically, in the United States— In the South, especially before the abolition of slavery, a negro man.
    • n boy An unscrupulous local politician, especially in a large city; one of the managers or subordinates of the “machine” of a party in local politics and elections: as, a ticket not acceptable to the boys.
    • n boy A young servant; a page: as, “boys, grooms, and lackeys,” Hence in compound words sometimes applied to grown men without any idea of youth or contempt: as, a potboy.
    • n boy [Supposed by some to be “a corruption of Hind. bhaiee, a servant”; but the Hind. word, prop. bhāī, means ‘brother,’ and boy in this use is merely the E. word. Cf. boy.] In India and the treaty-ports of China and Japan, etc., a native male servant, especially a personal servant; a butler or waiter, house-boy, office-boy, etc., as distinguished from a coolie or porter: in common use among foreigners.
    • n boy Old boy, a familiar name for the devil.
    • n boy Roaring boys. See roaring.
    • boy To treat as a boy, or as something belonging to or befitting a boy.
    • boy To act or represent in the manner of a boy: in allusion to the acting by boys of women's parts on the stage.
    • n boy In India, as far north as the Nerbudda river, a palankin-bearer. Yule and Burnell, Anglo-Ind. Glossary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Girls have more tastebud than boys
    • n Boy boy a male child: a lad: a young man generally, used for 'man' in Ireland and elsewhere: :
    • v.t Boy to play the boy
    • n Boy boy (Shak.) a camp-follower
    • n Boy boy (obs.) knave: a native servant in South India, China, a male negro slave or native labourer in the South Seas
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
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    “Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”
  • William Wordsworth
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    “Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison-house begin to close upon the growing boy.”
  • Gypsy Smith
    Gypsy Smith
    “You save an old man and you save a unit; but save a boy, and you save a multiplication table.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “I was a modest, good-humored boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A good man dies when a boy goes wrong.”

Idioms

Blue-eyed boy - Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person.
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Boys in blue - The boys in blue are the police.
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Boys will be boys - Boys will be boys means that boys, or men, will behave in certain ways, often noisily or irresponsibily.
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Jobs for the boys - Where people give jobs, contracts, etc, to their friends and associates, these are jobs for the boys.
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Mummy's boy - A man who is still very dependent on his mother is a mummy's boy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. boef, Fries. boi, boy,; akin to G. bube, Icel. bofi, rouge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. boi, boy; Fris. boi; Dut. boef, Ger. bube.

Usage

In literature:

What do you say, boys?
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
The boy was taken to church, the boy was christened.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It's a boy, a small black boy.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Those were prosperous days for the United Woollen and everyone from the president to the office boy was in good humor.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
They have changed him from a country boy of ten, to a self-reliant and independent street boy of sixteen.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
Chorea (St. Vitus's dance) affects girls more often than boys, the ratio in this case being 2.5 girls: 1 boy.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
The boy froze against it, immovable, but it was of no avail.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
The boy she was going to marry, the boy she loved, had fled with her to the Marmara waterfront.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
This so pleased the Wadsworths that they came not only to the boy's aid but also helped Caspar Potts.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
One night his father told the boys all about Don Quixote; and a little while after he gave my boy the book.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
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In poetry:

-You're rambling boy
what of the rest
the jazz hiway
he winks.
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
I've been a boy myself,
And with boys I play,
But I'm for solemn chat
With the boys today.
"A Chat With the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
For the boy was o'er the sea,
Whom she rocked upon her knee;
He had gone to Tripoli,
Tripoli!
"Tripoli" by John Lawson Stoddard
Merry, merry Christmas,
Fill each heart with joy!
Merry, merry Christmas
To each girl and boy.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
'My boy John—
He that went to sea—
What care I for the ship, sailor?
My boy's my boy to me.
"How's My Boy?" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Took the Grail with holy hand,
Had the cup of joy;
Carried it about the land,
Gleesome as a boy;
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald

In news:

CANTON, Ohio — A high school coach charged with videotaping nude boys in the locker room was ordered held on $2 million bond Thursday and told to stay away from boys.
We made a deal with the boys that who ever caught the least fish had to buy dinner, Me and my Husband against the boys.
Ignore 'The Mama's Boy Myth': Keep Your Boys Close.
He was the youngest boy in a family of five boys and five girls.
A Bar Mitzvah serves as a Jewish boy's rite of passage into manhood, normally a time for a teenage boy to rake in presents and cash.
Okay, so let's review: He has two boys with Brit, a boy and a girl with Shar Jackson and now a daughter on the way.
A new experimental drug appears to improve the muscle function of boys with muscular dystrophy, increasing the distance the boys can walk in six minutes compared to when they began taking it a year before.
The trial for a 12-year-old boy charged with his neo -Nazi father's murder is on hold until January so the prosecution can have a new psychologist evaluate the boy.
Boyfriend arrested in death of 18-month- old boy child, police, luong, park, fuimaono, homicide, boy, buena, arrested, authorities.
Creole tomato and pesto po-boy with watermelon salad from Killer Po-boys.
Girls think that boys are stupid, and boys think that girls are indecisive.
A Boy Scouts of America board member on the Ohio River Valley Council has resigned following the Boy Scouts ousting lesbian mom Jennifer Tyrrell, according to a release from GLAAD.
Two Southern California boys were in the custody of their mother Tuesday after their father was accused of throwing his 7-year-old son overboard from a boat after the boy would not stop crying, authorities said.
A 10-year-old boy Alabama boy with Down Syndrome reported missing Tuesday has been found.
KHS boys XC team takes 6 of top 7 spots in season opener Kaneland— Pack running has long been the mantra of the Kaneland High School boys cross country team under head coach Chad Clarey.
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In science:

Boy’s surface (Fig. 17) is an immersion of the projective plane that is immersed in 3-dimensional space.
Classical Knot Theory
It was discovered by David Hilbert’s student Werner Boy much to the surprise of Hilbert.
Classical Knot Theory
English) He saw the boy. (English) *He the boy saw.
TSNLP - Test Suites for Natural Language Processing
An example of indefinite gene size is given by the gene for fragile X syndrome which results in mental retardation in boys.
Does Meaning Evolve?
Ahiezer, The Classical Moment Problem and Some Related Questions in Analysis, English translation, Oliver & Boyed, Edinburgh, 1965.
Generalizations of Chebyshev Polynomials and Polynomial Mappings
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