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BOY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does boy mean? 

BOY (noun)
  The noun BOY has 4 senses:

1. a youthful male person
2. a friendly informal reference to a grown man
3. a male human offspring
4. (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man

  Familiarity information: BOY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BOY (noun)


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Meaning:

A youthful male person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

boy; male child

Context examples:

the baby was a boy / she made the boy brush his teeth every night / most soldiers are only boys in uniform

Hypernyms ("boy" is a kind of...):

male; male person (a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "boy"):

shop boy (a young male shop assistant)

Scout (a Boy Scout or Girl Scout)

schoolboy (a boy attending school)

ploughboy; plowboy (a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow)

Fauntleroy; Little Lord Fauntleroy (an excessively polite and well-dressed boy)

farm boy (a boy who has grown up on a farm)

catamite (a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man)

cub; lad; laddie; sonny; sonny boy (a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy))

bat boy ((baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment)

ball boy (a boy who retrieves balls for tennis players)

altar boy (a boy serving as an acolyte)

Antonym:

girl (a youthful female person)


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Meaning:

A friendly informal reference to a grown man

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

he likes to play golf with the boys

Hypernyms ("boy" is a kind of...):

adult male; man (an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "boy"):

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)


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Meaning:

A male human offspring

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

son; boy

Context examples:

their son became a famous judge / his boy is taller than he is

Hypernyms ("boy" is a kind of...):

male offspring; man-child (a child who is male)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "boy"):

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)

Instance hyponyms:

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)

Antonym:

girl (a female human offspring)


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Meaning:

(ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

get out of my way, boy

Hypernyms ("boy" is a kind of...):

Black man (a man who is Black)


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