boyo (plural boyos)
- (Ireland) A boy or lad.
- (sometimes derogatory (see usage notes)) A stereotypically Welsh form of address for a man (usually younger than the speaker).
1995, Peter Ho Davies, “The Ugliest House in the World”, in The Ugliest House in the World: Stories, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 9780395924808, published 2003, page 4:
- A taff is a Welshman. Everyone in the doctors’ mess calls me taff or taffy. Mr Swain, the mortuary attendant, calls me boyo, especially during the rugby season when Wales lose badly.
(form of address for a man): When used to address a Welshman by a non-Welshman this can be (perceived as) derogatory or patronising; use by obviously Welsh people to anyone is rarely derogatory but may still be patronising, especially if used to address someone older than oneself.
boyo m (Latin spelling)
- a stuffed salted pastry