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[boi-hoo d] /ˈbɔɪ hʊd/
the state or period of being a boy:
Boyhood is a happy time of life.
boys collectively:
the boyhood of America.
Origin of boyhood
1735-45; boy + -hood
Related forms
preboyhood, noun Unabridged
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  • He has not seen the green hills of his fatherland since boyhood.

    Quiet Talks on Prayer S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
  • You were changing from boyhood into manhood, and you were changing without any authority over you.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • From his boyhood Bass wanted to be a sailor, but was apprenticed, sorely against his will, to a Boston apothecary.

  • It reminded him of Max's boyhood, when he had read to Max at night.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He enhanced the endowment by diligent study in the high school at Prato, in Tuscany, where he spent his boyhood.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
British Dictionary definitions for boyhood


the state or time of being a boy: his boyhood was happy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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