boyishness

boyish

[boi-ish]
adjective
of or befitting a boy; engagingly youthful or innocent: a boyish grin.

Origin:
1540–50; boy + -ish1

boyishly, adverb
boyishness, noun
unboyish, adjective
unboyishly, adverb
unboyishness, noun
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boyish (ˈbɔɪɪʃ)
 
adj
of or like a boy in looks, behaviour, or character, esp when regarded as attractive or endearing: a boyish smile
 
'boyishly
 
adv
 
'boyishness
 
n

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boyish
1540s, "pertaining to boys," from boy + -ish. Meaning "puerile" is from 1570s.
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