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Boy (noun)

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Boy. n.s. [bub, Germ. the etymology is not agreed on.]

  1. A male child; not a girl.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: German (30) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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