- A young male, usually a child or adolescent.
Etymology: (wikipedia, dab=boy (disambiguation), boy)Probably , with cognates in Frisian (boi) and Dutch. There is also speculation that the word would originally stem from baby talk. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=BoyEtymology.
- the boys were playing kickball in the mud.
- (racist, offensive, archaic, pejorative) A male African-American of any age.
- A male servant, regardless of age, especially in a colonial context and in numerous compounds. (Compare French garí§on; also adopted as such in various others languages, such as Dutch)
- When the dipenda (independence movement) in Belgian Congo turned violent, the white colonisators' often materially privileged black domestic boys were mistrusted and often abused as collaborators
- (context, colloquial, always used in plural) Male (usually adult) friends.
- I"m going out for a few drinks with the boys.
- A man of any age, used as a friendly diminutive, or of a man who is merely younger than the speaker.
- Whatever else you say about him, the can play.
- 1977: I like the boy. — Australian entertainer w:Bert Newton, Bert Newton, to w:Mohammed Ali, Mohammed Ali at the 1977 Logie Awards, famously unaware of how insulting this is under the US usage above http://www.abc.net.au/thingo/txt/s1088100.htm
- An adult male, particularly when used by straight women or gay men to refer to someone considered attractive.
- (figurative, endearing) A proud parent's son (of any age.)
- That's my .
- (figurative, endearing) A caring owner's pet or working animal (of any age.)
- Here, boys, heel; yes, Bobby, show the puppies how, good !
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