boy

A boy is a male child. When a baby is born, the doctor or midwife often says, "It's a girl!" or "It's a boy!"

A boy usually grows up to be a man, just as a girl most often becomes a woman. A delivery boy is a young man whose job involves taking pizzas to people's homes, and you might call to your dog, "Here, boy!" unless your dog is female. Boy is also an exclamation: "Oh boy! I can't wait for my vacation next week!" The Old English root is boie, "boy," but also "servant" or "commoner."

Definitions of boy
  1. noun
    a youthful male person
    “the baby was a boy
    “she made the boy brush his teeth every night”
    synonyms: male child
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    Antonyms:
    female child, girl, little girl
    a youthful female person
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    altar boy
    a boy serving as an acolyte
    ball boy
    a boy who retrieves balls for tennis players
    bat boy
    (baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
    cub, lad, laddie, sonny, sonny boy
    a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
    catamite
    a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man
    farm boy
    a boy who has grown up on a farm
    Fauntleroy, Little Lord Fauntleroy
    an excessively polite and well-dressed boy
    ploughboy, plowboy
    a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow
    schoolboy
    a boy attending school
    Scout
    a Boy Scout or Girl Scout
    shop boy
    a young male shop assistant
    Boy Scout
    a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
    Girl Scout
    a girl who is a member of the Girl Scouts
    type of:
    male, male person
    a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
  2. noun
    a male human offspring
    “his boy is taller than he is”
    synonyms: son
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    Antonyms:
    daughter, girl
    a female human offspring
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    Esau
    (Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage
    types:
    Jnr, Jr, Junior
    a son who has the same first name as his father
    mama's boy, mamma's boy, mother's boy
    a boy excessively attached to his mother; lacking normal masculine interests
    type of:
    male offspring, man-child
    a child who is male
  3. noun
    a friendly informal reference to a grown man
    “he likes to play golf with the boys
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    broth of a boy, broth of a man
    an outstanding person; as if produced by boiling down a savory broth
    one of the boys
    a man who has been socially accepted into a group of other men
    type of:
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  4. noun
    (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man
    “get out of my way, boy
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    type of:
    Black man
    a man who is Black
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