Meaning of “boy” in the English Dictionary

"boy" in English

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boynoun [ C ]

uk /bɔɪ/ us /bɔɪ/

A1 a male child or, more generally, a male of any age:

As a young boy, my father used to walk three miles to school.
You've been a very naughty boy!
Their little boy (= their young son) is very sick.
All right, boys and girls, settle down!
the boys B2 [ plural ]

a group of male friends:

He used to like spending Friday nights with the boys.

also our boys an approving way of speaking about your country's soldiers:

We must not forget our boys serving far from home.
one of the boys

a typical male:

He plays baseball, drinks a lot of beer and generally acts like one of the boys.

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uk /bɔɪ/ us /bɔɪ/ also oh boy mainly US informal

(Definition of “boy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"boy" in American English

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boynoun [ C ]

us /bɔɪ/

a male child or, more generally, a male of any age:

Some boys were playing basketball in the schoolyard.

Boy sometimes means son:

We have two children – a boy and a girl.


(Definition of “boy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"BOY" in Business English

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BOYnoun [ U ]


abbreviation for beginning of year

(Definition of “BOY” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)