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noun [countable]     boy pronunciation in American English
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  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.

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  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.

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    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
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  6. 6

    the boys

    [plural] informal a group of men who are friends

    Friday night is usually his night out with the boys.

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