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[boi-frend] /ˈbɔɪˌfrɛnd/
a frequent or favorite male companion; beau.
a male friend.
a male lover.
pertaining to or noting clothing and accessories for women that are inspired by men's fashions: roomy and comfortable boyfriend jeans;
an oversize boyfriend watch.
Origin of boyfriend
1895-1900; boy + friend Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for boyfriend
  • Your cousin makes a fine companion, but it bothers you when your boyfriend insists on wheeling her around on all your dates.
  • Which is unfortunate, since it's one of my boyfriend's favorite flavors.
  • But, if you look at relationships nowadays, and my boyfriend lives on another continent.
  • She has actually defended me before, it was funny, but the ex-boyfriend has never forgotten it.
  • My boyfriend is the same way and it drives me crazy.
  • Even my boyfriend's dad wants one for his, he works and he is an ex-terminator and he wants to use it to check for bedbugs.
  • Her shiftless, insensitive, selfish clod of a boyfriend is not the problem.
  • Stress testing your new relationship might entail wrecking your boyfriend's new car.
  • Mamie said that she would meet the others at a restaurant across the street, then disappeared, boyfriend in tow.
  • One day she and her boyfriend bring food and marijuana over to the writers house and proceed to get drunk and stoned.
British Dictionary definitions for boyfriend


a male friend with whom a person is romantically or sexually involved; sweetheart or lover
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boyfriend

"woman's paramour," 1909, from boy + friend (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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