from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A male child.
- n. A son: his youngest boy.
- n. Often Offensive A man, especially a young man.
- n. Informal A man socializing in a group of men: a night out with the boys.
- n. Offensive A male servant or employee.
- interj. Used to express mild astonishment, elation, or disgust: Oh boy—what a surprise!
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- n. Male servant.
- interj. Exclamation of surprise, pleasure or longing.
- v. To use the word boy to refer to someone.
- v. To act as a boy (in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence, a son.
- n. In various countries, a male servant, laborer, or slave of a native or inferior race; also, any man of such a race; -- considered derogatory by those so called, and now seldom used.
- transitive v. To act as a boy; -- in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat as a boy, or as something belonging to or befitting a boy.
- To act or represent in the manner of a boy: in allusion to the acting by boys of women's parts on the stage.
- n. A male child, from birth to full growth, but especially from the end of infancy to the beginning of youth: also applied to a young man, implying immaturity, want of vigor or judgment, etc.
- n. In familiar or playful use (usually in the plural), a grown man regarded as one of the younger members of a family, as an intimate friend or associate, or as having in any respect a boyish relation or character.
- n. Specifically, in the United States— In the South, especially before the abolition of slavery, a negro man.
- n. An unscrupulous local politician, especially in a large city; one of the managers or subordinates of the “machine” of a party in local politics and elections: as, a ticket not acceptable to the boys.
- n. A young servant; a page: as, “boys, grooms, and lackeys,”
- n. [Supposed by some to be “a corruption of Hind. bhaiee, a servant”; but the Hind. word, prop. bhāī, means ‘brother,’ and boy in this use is merely the E. word. Cf. boy.] In India and the treaty-ports of China and Japan, etc., a native male servant, especially a personal servant; a butler or waiter, house-boy, office-boy, etc., as distinguished from a coolie or porter: in common use among foreigners.
- n. Old boy, a familiar name for the devil.
- n. Roaring boys. See roaring.
- n. In India, as far north as the Nerbudda river, a palankin-bearer. Yule and Burnell, Anglo-Ind. Glossary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a male human offspring
- n. (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man
- n. a friendly informal reference to a grown man
- n. a youthful male person
If we think about ˜every boy sang™ analogously, ˜boy™ is the internal argument of
This boy I started to talk to before I was dating * the boy* ...
I say to you, mother, and oh, so earnestly: 'Go teach your boy that which you may never be ashamed to do, about these organs that make him _specially a boy_.'
Here puer, boy, and Displicent, displease or annoy, seem to determine, not merely the first rhyme, but the rhyme arrangement (a, a), and it needs but a glance at the close of the first stanza of the original to show that another word rhyming with boy would be hard to obtain.
In the sentence _The boy who wastes his time does not study_, the words _who wastes his time_ form an adjective clause modifying _boy_, and the sentence is complex.
In _The boy wasting his time does not study_, the words _wasting his time_ form an adjective phrase modifying _boy_.
Périque of Octave Roussel, w'at dey use call 'im Chat-oué;  but he git tired dat name, and now he got lil boy 'bout twenny-five year' ole, an 'dey call de ole man Catou, an' call his lil _boy_ Chat-oué.
A starving boy, he roamed the streets of Florence; and the widespread intelligence of the city is marked by Browning's account of the way in which the _boy_ observed all the life of the streets for eight years.
"Boy, boy, _boy_!" called the old lady in a voice so entreating, though tremulous, that Bobby felt constrained to return.
On one occasion he went up to a boy of twelve who took liberties, and exclaimed, 'Don't be impertinent, sir' (doubling his small fist), 'or I will show you that _I'm a boy_.'