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English definition of “boyish”


adjective     /ˈbɔɪ.ɪʃ/
describes behaviour or characteristics that are like those of a boy: a boyish grin She had her hair cut in a boyish style. Even as an old man he retained his boyish charm. She found his boyish good looks very attractive.Gender-related attributesKinds of womenKinds of men boyishly     /-li/ adverb He is still boyishly handsome at the age of 45.Gender-related attributesKinds of womenKinds of men
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