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absolutely nothing; something worthless; also written bupkis , bupkes , bupkus's 21st Century Lexicon
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(also boy howdy, boy o boy, boys) An exclamation of amazement, shock, happiness, intensification, etc; jeez, man, wow: Boy, that was a close!/ Boy o boy, isn't this great? (1890s+)


  1. A black man: Don't call me ''boy''; I'm as old as you are if not older (1850+)
  2. Any male, regardless of age working as a porter, elevator operator, etc With the implication that it is not the job for a man. Boy has been used as a term of contempt since about 1300
  3. A male who takes the subservient role in a homosexual relationship; Peg Boy (1970s+ Homosexuals)
  4. Heroin: But now he had the boy; he could lie around (1920s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

big boy, fair-haired boy, good old boy, old boy network, one of the boys, paddy, poor boy, pretty boy, that's my boy, tomboy, walkboy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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