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noun [countable] boy pronunciation in British English /bɔɪ/
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  1. 1
    a male child

    a 10-year-old boy

    a little/small/young boy:

    I’d been there for my holidays as 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.

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

    a local boy

    He’s a country boy at heart.

    The Minnesota farm boy became a national hero.

  4. 4

    the boys

    [plural] informal a group of men who are friends

    Friday night is his night out with the boys.

    1. a.
      British the members of a sports team

      The boys played really well and deserved to win.

  5. 5
    used when speaking to a male dog or horse

    Down boy!

    Here boy!

  6. 6
    a boy or man of any age who has a particular job

    an errand/messenger boy


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