Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

boy  - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] boy pronunciation in American English /bɔɪ/
Word Forms
Close
singularboy
pluralboys
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    a male child

    a 10-year-old boy

    a little/small/young boy:

    I haven’t been camping since I was a little boy.

    1. a.
      a son

      Mr. and Mrs. Wylie have three boys and a girl.

      Their little boy’s so naughty.

  2. 2
    a young man

    I met a boy in his mid-twenties and we started dating.

    Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    a man of any age, especially when you are talking about where he comes from

    a local boy

    He lives and works in New York City but he’s a country boy at heart.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      American offensive an extremely offensive word used for talking to a black man, especially in the past
  4. 4
    used when speaking to a male dog or horse

    Down boy!

    Here boy!

  5. 5
    a boy or man of any age who has a particular job
    Synonyms and related words
  6. 6

    the boys

    [plural] informal a group of men who are friends

    Friday night is usually his night out with the boys.

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

speak human

(of a politician) to be able to communicate and connect with ordinary people

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog