Term:boy

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OVERVIEW OF NOUN BOY

1) male child, boy: a youthful male person; “the baby was a boy”; “she made the boy brush his teeth every night”; “most soldiers are only boys in uniform”

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2) boy: a friendly informal reference to a grown man; “he likes to play golf with the boys”

3) son, boy: a male human offspring; “their son became a famous judge”; “his boy is taller than he is”

4) boy: (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man; “get out of my way, boy”

noun boy has 4 sense(s) (first 4 from tagged texts)


boy (Wikipedia)
This article is about young human males. For other uses, see Boy (disambiguation).
"Boyhood" redirects here. For other uses, see Boyhood (disambiguation).
Newborn baby boy
A young boy from Dar es Salaam
Boy in Spain
A Tigray boy in Ethiopia
Boys in Germany,
performing a puppet play
Two El Salvador boys playing
An Indian teenage boy

A boy is a young male human, usually a child or adolescent. When he becomes an adult, he is described as a man. The most apparent difference between a boy and a girl is that a boy typically has a penis while girls have a vagina. However, some intersex children with ambiguous genitals, and genetically female transgender children may also be classified or self-identify as a boy.

The term "boy" is primarily used to indicate biological sex distinctions, cultural gender role distinctions or both. The latter most commonly applies to adult men, either considered in some way immature or inferior, in a position associated with aspects of boyhood, or even without such boyish connotation as age-indiscriminate synonym. The term can be joined with a variety of other words to form these gender-related labels as compound words.

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