Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a schoolboy in behaviour.

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

  • adj. befitting or characteristic of a young boy

Etymologies

From schoolboy +‎ -ish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These strike me as slightly schoolboyish -- "Well, you say yes, but your friends say no, nyah, nyah" -- perhaps reflecting the growing desperation of a government increasingly anxious to extricate itself from what is, in fact, clear involvement in a war crime.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • At 41 years old, Mr. Refn has a schoolboyish air, neatly dressed in a white shirt, khakis and black glasses.

    Refn Revs Into High Gear With 'Drive'

  • It was about studies and lessons, dealing with the rudiments of knowledge, and the schoolboyish tone of it conflicted with the big things that were stirring in him - with the grip upon life that was even then crooking his fingers like eagle's talons, with the cosmic thrills that made him ache, and with the inchoate consciousness of mastery of it all.

    Chapter 13

  • For more than a decade, reviewers have been wearied by Raine's schoolboyish anal-fixation, which continues unimpeded, supplying a rush of anaphrodisiac prose.

    Heartbreak by Craig Raine

  • He was tall with a shock of dark brown hair, flushed schoolboyish cheeks, and a dashing, dimpled smile.

    Kiss & Break Up

  • His behaviour becomes giddy and schoolboyish: he digitally combines separate pictures of himself and Megan, to show how good they would look as a couple, and makes long, late-night calls to her, excerpts of which are shown in Catfish.

    Trust me, I'm a film-maker: the men behind Catfish come clean

  • The very sight of him hovering diffidently in the corner of a room - with his beard and his home-trimmed hair and his schoolboyish little collar poking out of the top of his hand-knitted sweater and his palpable conscientious desperation not to cause any offence to anyone whatsoever - could make a red-blooded woman lose the will to live.

    Woodcraft Folk Memories

  • These strike me as slightly schoolboyish--"Well, you say yes, but your friends say no, nyah, nyah"--perhaps reflecting the growing desperation of a government increasingly anxious to extricate itself from what is, in fact, clear involvement in a war crime.

    Harper's last stand

  • Then, because Nelson had turned uncharacteristically schoolboyish, I added, I do appreciate your help with the whole thing, though.

    The Little Lady Agency and the Prince

  • Nathan, for instance, looks a bit schoolboyish and sad from the back — his ears in particular — probably because of the haircut he had before they started out on this house-hunting trip.

    'The Senator's Wife'

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