What is boy?

  • (noun): A male human offspring.
    Example: "His boy is taller than he is"
    Synonyms: son
    See also — Additional definitions below


A boy is a young male human, usually child or adolescent. When he becomes an adult he's described as a man. The most apparent thing that differentiates a boy from a girl is that a boy typically has a penis while girls do not. However some intersex children with ambiguous genitals, and biologically female transgender children, may also be classified or self-identify as a "boy".

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More definitions of "boy":

  • (noun): A youthful male person.
    Example: "The baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"
    Synonyms: male child
  • (noun): A friendly informal reference to a grown man.
    Example: "He likes to play golf with the boys"
  • (noun): (ethnic slur) offensive term for Black man.
    Example: "Get out of my way, boy"

Famous quotes containing the word boy:

    I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
    Isaac Newton (1642–1727)

    Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
    W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1966)