the state or period of being a boy: Boyhood is a happy time of life.
boys collectively: the boyhood of America.

1735–45; boy + -hood

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

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Example sentences
Beachy sees no irony between his rustic, low-tech boyhood and a career spent
  developing new types of agricultural technologies.
It reminds me of one of my first boyhood lessons in camaraderie.
He still lives in his boyhood room at his parents' house and says he hopes to
  start a fast-food franchise one day.
Baseball has special meaning for me because it was once my boyhood ambition,
  and for five years it was my career.
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