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- n. The state or period of being a boy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being a boy; the time during which one is a boy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being a boy or of immature age; the time of life during which one is a boy.
- n. Boyish feeling; light-heartedness.
- n. Boys collectively.
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- n. the childhood of a boy
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This brings me to consider what I call my boyhood days.
Had he, who in boyhood had known no law, who in manhood had exalted himself above law, in truth found the shining ways?
Farrow, who said he realized he was gay in boyhood, never revealed his sexual orientation to anyone.
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.
That phrase, learned in boyhood from my Marryatt and Cooper, recrudesced in my brain.
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.
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.
My boyhood was the first success of the battles won in the '60s and the first failure of a generation of young parents like mine who knew how to succeed professionally while having no clue about how hold a family together.