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Boy

Boy appears in the following tongue twister:

  • I know a boy named Tate
    who dined with his girl at eight eight.
    I'm unable to state what Tate ate at eight eight
    or what Tate's tête à tête ate at eight eight.

Boy appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • A boy, Max, felt quick during his hazy weaving jumps. (41 letters)
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Boy appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Yo, banana boy!
  • Yo! Basil is a boy!
  • Yo! Breed deer, boy!
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Usage statistics for the noun boy:

spoken English53.02%written English46.98% conversational speech74.33%task-oriented speech25.67% imaginative writing75.33%informational writing24.67%
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Fun fact! The word "girl" wasn't originally gender-specific, and was used of both girls and boys.

Boy is sometimes a misspelling of boys or boy's.

The word boy is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun boy

What does boy mean as a name of something?

Boy is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: boys

  1. a youthful male person
    • examples: the baby was a boy | she made the boy brush his teeth every night | most soldiers are only boys in uniform
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of boy: male child
    • antonym of boy: girl
    • more generic terms: male / male person = a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
    • more specific terms:
  2. a friendly informal reference to a grown man
    • example: he likes to play golf with the boys
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic terms: adult male / man = an adult person who is male
    • more specific terms:
  3. a male human offspring
    • example: his boy is taller than he is
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of boy: son
    • antonym of boy: girl
    • more generic terms: male offspring / man-child = a child who is male
    • more specific terms:
    • instance: Esau = the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac

Alternative definition of the noun boy

noun

  1. A young male human.
  2. A man of any age, used as a friendly diminutive, or of a man who is merely younger than the speaker.
  3. [context: now rare] A male servant.
  4. [US, offensive, pejorative, historical] A non-white slave or labourer; a male African-American of any age.
  5. [obsolete, pejorative] A lower-class or disreputable man; a worthless person.
  6. An adult male, particularly when used by straight women or gay men to refer to someone considered attractive.
  7. [informal] Male (usually adult) friend; mainly used in the plural: boys.
  8. [context: endearing] A proud parent's son, regardless of age.
  9. [context: endearing] A caring owner's pet or working animal, regardless of age.

Other definitions of boy

What does boy also mean?

interjection

  1. Exclamation of surprise, pleasure or longing.

Films

  1. "Boy": It’s 1984, and Michael Jackson is king—even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy’s father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version—an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters.
  2. "Boy" is a 1969 Japanese film directed by Nagisa Oshima, starring Tetsuo Abe, Akiko Koyama and Fumio Watanabe.
  3. "Boy" is a 2009 Philippine film by renowned and critically acclaimed Filipino director Auraeus Solito. The 83-minute film produced by recounts a young poet's infatuation with a young macho dancer.
  4. "Boy" is a 2013 documentary short drama film written and directed by Julie Bezerra Madsen.
  5. "Boy": A 10 year old spends the day with his father and experiences a rite of passage that will forever change him.
  6. "Boy" is a 2013 short drama film directed by Simon Trevorrow.
    • country: Australia
    • genre: Drama
    • released on
  7. "Boy" is a 2011 animated film directed by Steven Subotnick.
  8. "Boy" is a 1997 short film directed by Glenn Fraser and written by Glenn Fraser and Chris Wheeler.
  9. "Boy" is a 2008 film directed by Dmitry Geller.
    • released in (7 years ago)
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Characters

  1. Boy is a fictional character from the 2011 film We Have a Pope.
  2. Boy is a fictional character from the 2010 film Yes or No.
  3. Boy is a fictional film character.
  4. Boy is a fictional character from the 2012 film Safe House.
  5. Boy is a fictional character from the 1992 film Ele, My Friend.
  6. Boy is a fictional character from the 2005 film Tickets.
  7. Boy a.k.a. Hero Boy is a fictional character from The Polar Express.
  8. Boy is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Road.
  9. Boy is a fictional character from the 1982 film Orienteering.
  10. Boy a.k.a. Michael is a fictional character from the 1983 film Mary Poppins, Goodbye.
  11. Boy is a fictional character from the 2011 film Tales of the Night.
  12. Boy is a fictional character from the 2009 short drama fantasy mystery film The Alchemistic Suitcase.
  13. Boy is is a fictional character from the 2006 film The Boy and the Sea.
  14. Boy is a fictional character from the 2012 film Dom s bashenkoy.
  15. Boy is a fictional character from the 1960 film The Virgin Spring.
  16. Boy is a fictional character from the 1942 film Tarzan's New York Adventure.
  17. Boy is a fictional character from the 1965 film Bhoot bungla.
  18. Boy is a fictional film character.
  19. Boy is a fictional character from the 2013 film Bone of Contention.
  20. Boy is a fictional character from the 1985 anime film Angel's Egg.
  21. Boy is a fictional character from 2011 action, drama and romantic film Boy's Diary.
  22. Boy is a fictional character from the 2011 film Frozen Stories.
  23. Boy is a fictional character from the 2011 film Black Pond.
  24. Boy is a fictional character from the 2011 film Gromozeka.
  25. Boy is a fictional character from the 2012 film Modus Anomali.
  26. Boy is a fictional character from the 1987 film The Plot of the Fuma Clan.
  27. Boy is a fictional character from the 1993 film The Tree.
  28. Boy is a fictional character from Silent Sonata.
  29. Boy is a fictional character from the 2012 film Shell.
  30. Boy is a fictional character from the 2010 film Lovers of Hate.
  31. Boy is a fictional character from the 1966 film Tramway.
  32. Boy is a fictional character from the 2011 film Assumption.
  33. Boy is a fictional character in the 2012 Bino short film.
  34. Boy is a fictional character from the 2012 film Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  35. Boy is a fictional character from the 2011 film Fly by Night.
  36. Boy is a fictional character from the 1968 film Theorem.
  37. Boy is a fictional character from the 1992 film Lady Dragon.

There are other characters with in their name, like A Boy, B BOY, B-Boy, BOY 2, D-Boy, E-Boy, T-Boy, Z-boy, Bad Boy, Bat Boy, Boy Toy, Bug Boy, Bus Boy, Cow-Boy, Del Boy, Dog Boy, Fat Boy, Hot Boy, Mr. Boy.

People

  1. Boy a.k.a. Pakorn Chatborirak: Pakorn Chadborirak is an actor.
  2. Boy a.k.a. Michael Blackson is a Ghanaian actor and comedian. He uses his African and American life experiences in his stand up comedy routine in a slight Ghanaian accent.
  3. Boy a.k.a. Pongsatorn Jongwilas: Pongsatorn Jongwilak is an actor, TV host and disc jockey.
  4. Boy a.k.a. Kerttisak Udomnak is an actor.
  5. Boy a.k.a. Sittichai Pabchompoo is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Bad Boy, Bat Boy, Big Boy, Boy Toy, Del Boy, Doe Boy, Fly Boy, Hit-Boy, Jon Boy and many others.

Phrases with Boy

  1. Boy Toy
  2. B-Boy
  3. Cc Boy
  4. It Boy
  5. Oh Boy
  6. Po'boy
  7. Bad Boy
  8. bat boy
  9. Big Boy
  10. Bug Boy
  11. day boy
  12. Del Boy
  13. God Boy
  14. old boy
  15. Po' boy
  16. Pot Boy
  17. Toy Boy
  18. Toy-Boy
  19. Wet Boy
  20. Baby Boy

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Boy

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Google previewThe British Annals of Education for ... (1844)

Being The Scholastic Quarterly Review

— Here the boy is the subject of the verb runs. We ask, Who runs 1—the boy. This is the Subject. 10. The Predicate is that...

Google previewBoys at Home (2011)

Discipline, Masculinity, and “The Boy-Problem” in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Ken Parille

The Boy is a dreadful animal, under whatever aspect we regard him. —“Against Boys,” 1863 The good conduct of our boys has at all times cheered and comforted us, and spread around our home the invaluable blessings of peace, content, ...

Google previewCognitive Grammar (2008)

A Basic Introduction by Ronald W. Langacker

the boy is the one sent home, hence understood as the main-clause object. However, what appears in object position before the verb is the entire clausal structure enclosed in brackets. The nominal containing the lexical head, mit ...

Google previewThe John Deere Two-Cylinder Tractor Encyclopedia

by Don MacMillan, Wayne G. Broehl, Jr., Wayne G. Broehl

One of the first Waterloo Boy Model N two-speed models with chain steering. 1918 Waterloo Boy Model N two-speed advertisement from Farm Implements ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Fall Out Boy Originating from Chicago, Illinois, USA, emo band Fall Out Boy began to take shape at the turn of the new millennium. Formed by Patrick Stump ( b. 27 April 1984, Evanston, Illinois, USA; vocals/guitar), Joseph Trohman (b.

Google previewEncyclopedia Brown Double Mystery #3 (2012)

Featured mysteries from Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

Featured mysteries from Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Donald J. Sobol. Double Mystery #3 Featured mysteries from Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective “ The Case of theBank Robber” “The Case of the Happy Nephew” BY DONALDJ.

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Boy

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Usage statistics about boy

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun boy:

spoken English53.02%written English46.98% conversational speech74.33%task-oriented speech25.67% imaginative writing75.33%informational writing24.67%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun boy:

sonboy

Comparison of usage frequency between the noun boy and its most common antonym:

girlboy

Photos about Boy

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Small photo of Wide eyed open mouthed smiling boySmall photo of Puffed cheeks funny boy. Boy eats with full mouth.Small photo of Full length of young asian boy standing and smiling over white backgroundSmall photo of Cute stylish boy near color wallSmall photo of Happy Golden BoySmall photo of Handsome Young Boy PortraitSmall photo of Boy rolling his tongue More...

Video language resources about Boy

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Quotes about Boy

How to find the boyfriend in shoujo manga:
1. the main protagonist (of course!)
2. the bad boy who often quarrels with
3. the boy under the same roof
4. the idol
5. the “first” boy
6. the cool guy
7. the boy next door/the childhood friend (Maria Sudibyo)
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Scrabble value of B3O1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of BOY

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