Boy, v. t. To act as a boy; -- in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage.
I shall see
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness. --Shak.
1. A male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence, a son.
My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee. --Sir W. Scott.
Note: ☞ Boy is often used as a term of comradeship, as in college, or in the army or navy. In the plural used colloquially of members of an associaton, fraternity, or party.
2. In various countries, a male servant, laborer, or slave of a native or inferior race; also, any man of such a race; -- considered derogatory by those so called, and now seldom used. [derog.]
He reverted again and again to the labor difficulty, and spoke of importing boys from Capetown. --Frances Macnab.
Boy bishop, a boy (usually a chorister) elected bishop, in old Christian sports, and invested with robes and other insignia. He practiced a kind of mimicry of the ceremonies in which the bishop usually officiated.
The Old Boy, the Devil. [Slang]
Yellow boys, guineas. [Slang, Eng.]
Boy's love, a popular English name of Southernwood (Artemisia abrotonum); -- called also lad's love.
Boy's play, childish amusements; anything trifling.
n 1: a youthful male person; "the baby was a boy"; "she made the
boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are
only boys in uniform" [syn: male child] [ant: female
child, female child]
2: a friendly informal reference to a grown man; "he likes to
play golf with the boys"
3: a male human offspring; "their son became a famous judge";
"his boy is taller than he is" [syn: son] [ant: daughter,
4: (ethnic slur) offensive term for Black man; "get out of my