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English

Alternative forms

  • boi (Jamaican English)

Etymology

From Middle English {{enm|boy}}, {{enm|boye||servant, commoner, knave, boy}}, from Old English {{ang|*bōia||boy}}, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*bōjô||younger brother, young male relation}}, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*bō-||brother, close male relation}}, from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*bʰā-}}, {{ine-pro|*bʰāt-||father, elder brother, brother}}. Cognate with Scots {{sco|boy||boy}}, West Frisian {{fy|boai||boy}}, Template:Dum {{dum|boi}}, {{dum|booi||boy}}, {{nds|Boi||boy}}, and probably to the Old English proper name Bōia. Also related to {{vls|boe||brother}}, dialectal {{no|boa||brother}}, English bub, {{nl|boef||rogue, knave}}, {{de|Bube||boy; knave; jack}}, {{is|bófi||rogue, crook, bandit, knave}}. See also [[bully#|bully]].

Pronunciation

Noun

Boy (plural [[Boys#|Boys]])
  1. (ArticlesnowArticles, uncommon Articlesand/or ArticlesTemplate:Context 6) Male servant.
    1. (ArticlesnowArticles, rare) A male servant, in general senses. Template:Defdate
    2. (ArticleshistoricalArticles, nowArticles, offensive) A non-white male servant, as used especially by whites in a colonial settlement etc. Template:Defdate
      • When the 'dipenda' (independence movement) in Belgian Congo turned violent, the white colonisers' often materially privileged black domestic boys were mistrusted and often abused as collaborators.
    3. (ArticlesnowArticles, offensive) A non-white male. Template:Defdate
  2. (Articlesobsolete) A lower-class or disreputable man; a worthless person. Template:Defdate
  3. A young male human; a male child or young adult. Template:Defdate
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  4. A son.
    • Walter Scott
      My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee.
  5. A man of any age, used as a friendly diminutive, or of a man who is merely younger than the speaker. Template:Defdate
  6. (Articlescolloquial) A male friend or fellow of some group, community etc. (mainly used in the plural). Template:Defdate
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  7. A familiar way of addressing a male dog. Template:Defdate
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  8. (ArticlesUSArticles, slang) Heroin. Template:Defdate

Synonyms

See also

  • (African-American): uncle

Antonyms

  • (young male): girl

Derived terms

Descendants

Translations

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Interjection

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  1. Exclamation of surprise, pleasure or longing.
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Translations

Verb

Boy (third-person singular simple present [[Boys#|Boys]], present participle [[Boying#|Boying]], simple past and past participle [[Boyed#|Boyed]])
  1. to use the word boy to refer to someone
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  2. (Articlestransitive) to act as a boy (in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage)
    • Shakespeare
      I shall see some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness.

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Dutch

Etymology

Template:Borrowing.

Pronunciation

Noun

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  1. a male domestic servant, especially colored in a colony

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French

Etymology

Template:Borrowing.

Pronunciation

  • /bɔj/

Noun

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  1. (Articlesnow ArticleshistoricalArticles, offensive) [[boy#|boy]] (non-white male servant)
    • 1930, André Malraux, La Voie royale:
      Claude allait l'ouvrir mais le ton sur lequel le délégué appelait son boy lui fit lever la tête : l'auto attendait, bleue sous l'ampoule de la porte; le boy, qui s'était écarté – en voyant arriver le délégué sans doute – se rapprochait, hésitant.

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Italian

Etymology

Template:Borrowing.

Noun

Boy {{[[Modèle:|]]|}} (inv)

  1. a male ballet dancer
  2. a bellboy (in a hotel)

Ladino

Etymology

Template:Borrowing.

Noun

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  1. age, size

Portuguese

Etymology 1

Shortening of {{pt|office boy}}, from {{en|office boy}}.

Alternative forms

Noun

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  1. [[office boy#|office boy]]
  2. (ArticlesBrazilArticles, slang) a young, upper-class male
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Etymology 2

Noun

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Sranan Tongo

Etymology

From {{nl|boy}}.

Noun

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  1. [[boy#|boy]]

Turkish

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Pronunciation

  • [boj]

Etymology 1

From Template:Otk bod, from Template:Proto:trk-pro {{trk-pro|*bod}}. See archaic [[bodur#|bodur]].

Noun

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  1. stature
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  2. size
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Etymology 2

From Template:Otk bod, from Template:Proto:trk-pro {{trk-pro|*bod}}.

Noun

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  1. tribe, clan
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Declension

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