Boy. n.s. [bub, Germ. the etymology is not agreed on.]
- A male child; not a girl.
- One in the state of adolescence; older than an infant, yet not arrived at puberty or manhood.
Speak thou, boy;
Perhaps thy childishness will move him more
Than can our reasons. Shakesp. Coriolanus.
Sometimes forgotten things, long cast behind,
Rush forward in the brain, and come to mind:
The nurse's legends are for truths receiv'd,
And the man dreams but what the boy believ'd. Dryden.
- A word of contempt for young men, as noting their immaturity.
Men of worth and parts will not easily admit the familiarity of boys, who yet need the care of a tutor. Locke.
The pale boy senator yet tingling stands,
And holds his breeches close with both his hands. Pope.