from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being a boy or of immature age; the time of life during which one is a boy.
  • noun Boyish feeling; light-heartedness.
  • noun Boys collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a boy; the time during which one is a boy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or period of being a boy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the childhood of a boy


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  • This brings me to consider what I call my boyhood days.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919

  • Had he, who in boyhood had known no law, who in manhood had exalted himself above law, in truth found the shining ways?


  • That phrase, learned in boyhood from my Marryatt and Cooper, recrudesced in my brain.


  • Farrow, who said he realized he was gay in boyhood, never revealed his sexual orientation to anyone.

    Fresno priest comes out as gay, opposes Prop. 8

  • Rochester, where I hoped to fulfill my plan, formulated in boyhood from my readings and teachings of my aunt and Youden, of studying mathematics, physics, and chemistry in preparation for a career in medical research.

    D. Carleton Gajdusek - Autobiography

  • That phrase, learned in boyhood from my Marryatt and Cooper, recrudesced in my brain.

    Chapter 42

  • Here is a lesson which I brought along with me in boyhood from the Latin School, and which ranks with the best of Roman anecdotes.

    The Conduct of Life (1860)

  • It had been a favourite resort of Adrian; it was secluded; and he often said that in boyhood, his happiest hours were spent here; having escaped the stately bondage of his mother, he sat on the rough hewn steps that led to the spring, now reading a favourite book, now musing, with speculation beyond his years, on the still unravelled skein of morals or metaphysics.


  • Thus I promised myself, as I journied towards my destination with roused and ardent expectation: expectation of the fulfilment of all that in boyhood we promise ourselves of power and enjoyment in maturity.


  • For instance, there is no doubt whatever that my mother and I were treed by the wild pigs and fled and fell in the days before I made the acquaintance of Lop-Ear, who became what I may call my boyhood chum.



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