A male child is referred to as a boy.

  • There’s a boy playing on the playground.
  • Those boys are playing football.
  • Sarah and her husband are hoping to have a boy. They already have three girls.
  • Ahmed and his wife have three little boys under the age of five.
  • Hector wants to join the military but he’s still a boy. He has to wait until he turns 18.
  • Two teenage boys got lost in the forest; they were found and returned to their families.
  • When I was a boy, I played baseball with my friends almost every day in the summer.

boyHe’s a little boy.

In some situations, the word "boy" is used in reference to a man:

  • The boys in the office are working through the night.
  • Okay boys, let’s go get something to eat.
  • Bobby is a good ol’ boy. (good old boy is a term used to describe a man who lives in the south or in a rural area.)
  • You can tell that Carl is a part of the old boys network. (The old boys network is a reference to men who are in control of a particular situation, organization, business, etc. It’s not an actual network.)

man He’s part of the old boys network.

The word "boyfriend" is used for a romantic relationship. This word can be used for a boy or a man of any age.

  • Tracy has a boyfriend.
  • Olivia divorced her husband two years ago, but she has a new boyfriend whom she might marry.
  • How many boyfriends have you had?

The word "boy" can be used as an interjection.

  • Oh boy! We’re going to get a puppy.
  • Boy! Something stinks!
  • Boy oh boy! You’re in trouble.

The use of "bad boy" has recently become popular when referring to a thing. This is a type of slang, but it’s not easy to use.

  • Okay, let’s fire up this bad boy and get going. (bad boy = a cool car)
  • You got a new computer. Let’s have a look at that bad boy.

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July 2, 2016