Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characteristic of or befitting a boy: boyish charm.

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  • adj. Like a boy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a boy in a manners or opinions; belonging to a boy; childish; trifling; puerile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to a boy; pertaining to boyhood; in a disparaging sense, childish, trifling, puerile: as, “a boyish odd conceit,”
  • Synonyms

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

  • adj. befitting or characteristic of a young boy

Etymologies

boy +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _not_ chew gum, but she whistled, and the teachers who reproved her most for what they called a boyish trick, always listened intently, when the clear, musical notes, now soft and low, now loud and shrill, were heard outside, or in the building.

    Tracy Park

  • Snyder, by contrast, beams at us with a certain boyish glee.

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  • It was a record David would acknowledge in boyish, self-effacing fashion; sometimes proffering a calling card that identified him as a former chief storekeeper and a retired SEAL with the nickname

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  • I'm with Jane -- we can only hope that some little white power girl reads _The Bungalow Mystery_ and sees herself in boyish cousin George!

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  • Into his strong young fingers Ulka took a smooth, flat stone; his handsome eyes were lowered in boyish modesty, his thoughts were worshipping her.

    Legends of Vancouver

  • He had always excelled in boyish sports, and as he grew to manhood, his unusual breadth of shoulder still seemed to indicate a physical vigor which the slender wrists, thin, transparent hands, and habitually lax attitude, but too plainly contradicted.

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  • So you must try to be contented with making your name boyish, and playing brother to us girls, "said Beth, stroking the rough head with a hand that all the dish washing and dusting in the world could not make ungentle in its touch.

    Little Women

  • His friends found his clarity a priceless exchange, and his warmth, expressed in a smile you could call boyish, completely trustworthy.

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  • I asked a Dutch woman I work with if she knew of her, and she responded, “Oh yes, I recall a boyish looking girl who danced a lot and sang catchy tunes in French…” Boyish?

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  • “True,” he said, his expression endearingly boyish.

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