Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. boyhood
  • n. The nature of a boy; childishness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Boyhood.
  • n. The nature of a boy; childishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a boy; boyishness.
  • n. Something characteristic of a boy; puerility.

Etymologies

boy +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It also will get rid of a whole lot of the "good ole boyism" that has at best plagued NC citizens with an inconsistent permit process.

    Should Felons Hunt?

  • Advances in the ranks are obstructed by "glass ceilings," where networking and old-boyism still speed the advance of mediocre whites.

    The Battle For Respect

  • Obviously he is a bit out of the loop but the perspective was refreshing, he doesn't buy into the FB fan-boyism which I have to say is quite disconcerning, especially from people I thought knew better.

    Creating Customized Social Networking Applications For Business - Publishing 2.0

  • As someone who occasionally represent clients in divorce and custody matters in a neighboring county whose reputation for corruption and old-boyism is well-deserved, this kind of abuse of power in child custody matters probably pisses me off more than it might others.

    "Troopergate" requires a "disambiguation" page in Wikipedia.

  • What we have in Providence, it would seem, is the New Global World Order's version of France's famous Polytechnique, a single, quasi-academic locus from which a ruling class can issue forth year after year and perpetuate itself, largely through old-boyism (in its postmodern, gender-neutral version).

    Vanity Fair Tours Brown, Approves of Shenanigans

  • It had in it the element of tom-boyism upon which Miss Bucher looked with alarm.

    Hester's Counterpart A Story of Boarding School Life

  • Some followed strange gods in the direction of Drummond Street, and others slunk back to meek good-boyism at the feet of the Professors.

    Lay Morals

  • For the first five years of his life, with his curly locks and his fancy dress, he was the pride of his own and the envy of all neighbouring establishments; but, in process of time, the spirit of boyism began to develop itself, and Vivian not only would brush his hair straight and rebel against his nurse, but actually insisted upon being -- breeched!

    Vivian Grey

  • These verses are exactly as I wrote them, and I trust the reader will not think that I could now be guilty of such a line, as "To _expedite_ your flame," or of the pedantic school-boyism of calling a housekeeper

    Rattlin the Reefer

  • I think former Sen. George Hopkins is doing a good job trying to clean up the mess at the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, where corruption and old boyism held sway for so many years and hundreds of millions of dollars were at issue.

    Arkansas News

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