boyish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj boyish befitting or characteristic of a young boy "a boyish grin","schoolboyish pranks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Boyish Resembling a boy in a manners or opinions; belonging to a boy; childish; trifling; puerile. "A boyish , odd conceit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • boyish Belonging to a boy; pertaining to boyhood; in a disparaging sense, childish, trifling, puerile: as, “a boyish odd conceit,”
    • boyish Synonyms Juvenile, Puerile, etc. See youthful.
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Quotations

  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.”

Usage

In literature:

Tess drew a chair under the boyish face peering upon her, and sat down.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Noting their attitude, he colored boyishly.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
Her features were coarse, but regular and pleasing, and her manner boyish.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
The clan spirit among the different boyish cliques at school revived again.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Her features were coarse, but regular and pleasing, and her manner boyish.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
He looked up at her with a twinkle in his still boyish eyes.
"Under the Country Sky" by Grace S. Richmond
It was a boyish fault, and my father has often repented that he treated it so seriously.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
I was ashamed of my boyish trick, and apologized at once to the two gentlemen and to my captain.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
Those were memorable days, and yet much of this was boyish fancy.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
But Darius had attached no importance to the boyish remark.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
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In poetry:

For lo! I see perfected rise
The vision of my boyish eyes,
The messenger of upper skies.
Avitor!
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
From whining wind and colder
Grey sea I wrap him warm
And touch his trembling fineboned shoulder
And boyish arm.
"On the Beach at Fontana" by James Joyce
My little boy at Christmas-tide
Made me a toy cross;
Two sticks he did, in boyish pride,
With brazen nail emboss.
"The Toy Cross" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
At school together they contrived
All sorts of boyish larks;
And, later on, together thrived
As merry merchants' clerks.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Seek the birth-place of the lily,
Dearer to the boyish dream
Than the golden cups of Eden,
Floating on its slumbrous stream;
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Beside him, gaunt from many a fast,
A pale and boyish "rebel" lay,
Free of all pangs of life, at last,
In tattered suit of Grey.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Boyishly cute Drew Van Acker plays the slightly creepy character of Jason DiLaurentis on ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars,' and like we said, he definitely fits the "pretty" bill.
Tailored, cropped pants and brogues are decidedly boyish in nature, but paired with a graphic sweater, cripsy white moto jacket and a streamlined tote and you get all of that masculine charm offset by feminine wiles.
Williams' plaintive tenor, boyish features and wholesome, middle-America appeal helped him outlast many of the rock stars who had displaced him and such fellow crooners as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.
Williams' plaintive tenor, boyish features and clean-cut demeanor helped him outlast many of the decade's rock stars and fellow crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.
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Girlish charm and boyish good looks.
"Typically, high-fashion models have boyish figures," says Salvador Camarena, a Los Angeles-based wardrobe stylist.
To some in the modeling industry, it's these same boyish figures that could be driving Pejic's high-end success while simultaneously feeding the industry's unhealthy environment.
But Knoll 's storytelling was precisely that: a labor of love in which the labor was artfully concealed and the love shone through the performer's boyish grin.
Vogue Nippon Editor Aurora Sansone Likes Boyish Things.
The Perils of Being a Lady in a Boyish Kitchen.
With nostalgic hits from the 1950's, The Plaids ' close harmony, zealous choreography and boyish squabbles will put a song in your heart.
Murky yet emotionally winning, brainy but boyishly enthusiastic, R.E.M.
Relapse 's life wasn't always this boyish fantasy.
A boyish-looking, sandy-haired charmer from Cambridge, MA, Adams fell in love with music as a kid.
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