boy


boy
n.

1) an altar; barrow (BE; CE has street vendor); bugle; cabin; chorus; college (esp. AE); delivery; messenger; newspaper; office; shoe-shine; stock; water boy

2) a best boy ('assistant gaffer on a TV or film set')

3) a ball boy (who retrieves tennis balls)

4) (AE; southern) a good old (ole) boy ('a good fellow')

5) a mere boy

6) a whipping boy ('a scapegoat')

7) a blue-eyed (BE), fair-haired (AE) boy ('a favorite')

8) (BE) a back-room boy ('a scientist')

USAGE NOTE: The meaning of 'non-white servant', now obsolete, is considered offensive. The AE use of boy in the meaning of 'black male', now obsolete, is also considered offensive.
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[bɔɪ]
shoeshine
water boy
fair-haired (AE) boy ('a favorite')
barrow (BE; CE has street vendor)
college (esp. AE)
a mere boy
an altar
(AE; southern) a good old (ole) boy ('a good fellow')
a whipping boy ('a scapegoat')
a best boy ('assistant gaffer on a TV or film set')
a blue-eyed (BE)
(BE) a back-room boy (USAGE NOTE: The meaning of 'non-white servant', now obsolete, is considered offensive. The AE use of boy in the meaning of 'black male', now obsolete, is also considered offensive.; 'a scientist')
a ball boy (who retrieves tennis balls)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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