boy-hood

boyhood

[boi-hood]
noun
1.
the state or period of being a boy: Boyhood is a happy time of life.
2.
boys collectively: the boyhood of America.

Origin:
1735–45; boy + -hood

preboyhood, noun
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boyhood (ˈbɔɪhʊd)
 
n
the state or time of being a boy: his boyhood was happy

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