Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun obsolete Boyhood.
  • noun The nature of a boy; childishness.

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

  • noun obsolete boyhood
  • noun obsolete The nature of a boy; childishness.

Etymologies

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boy +‎ -ism

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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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