boyfriend

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From boy +‎ friend.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɔɪˌfɹɛnd/, /ˈbɔɪfɹənd/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

boyfriend (plural boyfriends)

  1. A male partner in an unmarried romantic relationship.
    Coordinate terms: fiancé, girlfriend, enbyfriend, husband, lover, significant other
    • 2012, “Boyfriend”, performed by Justin Bieber:
      If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go / I can take you places you ain’t never been before.
  2. A male friend.
    Synonyms: (slang) guyfriend, buddy, pal, mate; see also Thesaurus:friend
  3. (often attributively) A style of women's clothing that draws heavily from corresponding men's garments.Wikipedia

Usage notes[edit]

In contrast to its female equivalent, girlfriend, which is also often used to describe a woman's close female friend, the term is not that often used in reference to non-romantic relationships. Boyfriend is a relatively modern term, and in the past has had implications of an illicit relationship (as sexual and romantic relationships outside of marriage were more commonly frowned upon). It is now a generally accepted term and has no negative implications per se.

An adult man in a non-marital relationship is sometimes referred to instead as a significant other or partner, especially if the two partners are living together. Because boyfriend and partner mean different things to different people, the distinctions between the terms are subjective, and which term is used in a relationship will ultimately be determined by personal preference.

Separating the word into its two components boy friend avoids the romantic implication nowadays, although boy friend used to mean the same as boyfriend does now. However, British and Australian men usually refer to a male friend as a mate. Similarly, Americans and Canadians use the term buddy. It is also common for American and Canadian women to differentiate non-romantic male friends from romantic ones by referring to them as being their guy friend.

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English boyfriend.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈboi̯frend/, [ˈbo̞i̯fre̞nd]

Noun[edit]

boyfriend (rare)

  1. boyfriend

Declension[edit]

Inflection of boyfriend (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative boyfriend boyfriendit
genitive boyfriendin boyfriendien
partitive boyfriendiä boyfriendejä
illative boyfriendiin boyfriendeihin
singular plural
nominative boyfriend boyfriendit
accusative nom. boyfriend boyfriendit
gen. boyfriendin
genitive boyfriendin boyfriendien
partitive boyfriendiä boyfriendejä
inessive boyfriendissä boyfriendeissä
elative boyfriendistä boyfriendeistä
illative boyfriendiin boyfriendeihin
adessive boyfriendillä boyfriendeillä
ablative boyfriendiltä boyfriendeiltä
allative boyfriendille boyfriendeille
essive boyfriendinä boyfriendeinä
translative boyfriendiksi boyfriendeiksi
abessive boyfriendittä boyfriendeittä
instructive boyfriendein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of boyfriend (type risti)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative boyfriendini boyfriendini
accusative nom. boyfriendini boyfriendini
gen. boyfriendini
genitive boyfriendini boyfriendieni
partitive boyfriendiäni boyfriendejäni
inessive boyfriendissäni boyfriendeissäni
elative boyfriendistäni boyfriendeistäni
illative boyfriendiini boyfriendeihini
adessive boyfriendilläni boyfriendeilläni
ablative boyfriendiltäni boyfriendeiltäni
allative boyfriendilleni boyfriendeilleni
essive boyfriendinäni boyfriendeinäni
translative boyfriendikseni boyfriendeikseni
abessive boyfriendittäni boyfriendeittäni
instructive
comitative boyfriendeineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative boyfriendisi boyfriendisi
accusative nom. boyfriendisi boyfriendisi
gen. boyfriendisi
genitive boyfriendisi boyfriendiesi
partitive boyfriendiäsi boyfriendejäsi
inessive boyfriendissäsi boyfriendeissäsi
elative boyfriendistäsi boyfriendeistäsi
illative boyfriendiisi boyfriendeihisi
adessive boyfriendilläsi boyfriendeilläsi
ablative boyfriendiltäsi boyfriendeiltäsi
allative boyfriendillesi boyfriendeillesi
essive boyfriendinäsi boyfriendeinäsi
translative boyfriendiksesi boyfriendeiksesi
abessive boyfriendittäsi boyfriendeittäsi
instructive
comitative boyfriendeinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative boyfriendimme boyfriendimme
accusative nom. boyfriendimme boyfriendimme
gen. boyfriendimme
genitive boyfriendimme boyfriendiemme
partitive boyfriendiämme boyfriendejämme
inessive boyfriendissämme boyfriendeissämme
elative boyfriendistämme boyfriendeistämme
illative boyfriendiimme boyfriendeihimme
adessive boyfriendillämme boyfriendeillämme
ablative boyfriendiltämme boyfriendeiltämme
allative boyfriendillemme boyfriendeillemme
essive boyfriendinämme boyfriendeinämme
translative boyfriendiksemme boyfriendeiksemme
abessive boyfriendittämme boyfriendeittämme
instructive
comitative boyfriendeinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative boyfriendinne boyfriendinne
accusative nom. boyfriendinne boyfriendinne
gen. boyfriendinne
genitive boyfriendinne boyfriendienne
partitive boyfriendiänne boyfriendejänne
inessive boyfriendissänne boyfriendeissänne
elative boyfriendistänne boyfriendeistänne
illative boyfriendiinne boyfriendeihinne
adessive boyfriendillänne boyfriendeillänne
ablative boyfriendiltänne boyfriendeiltänne
allative boyfriendillenne boyfriendeillenne
essive boyfriendinänne boyfriendeinänne
translative boyfriendiksenne boyfriendeiksenne
abessive boyfriendittänne boyfriendeittänne
instructive
comitative boyfriendeinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative boyfriendinsä boyfriendinsä
accusative nom. boyfriendinsä boyfriendinsä
gen. boyfriendinsä
genitive boyfriendinsä boyfriendiensä
partitive boyfriendiään
boyfriendiänsä
boyfriendejään
boyfriendejänsä
inessive boyfriendissään
boyfriendissänsä
boyfriendeissään
boyfriendeissänsä
elative boyfriendistään
boyfriendistänsä
boyfriendeistään
boyfriendeistänsä
illative boyfriendiinsä boyfriendeihinsä
adessive boyfriendillään
boyfriendillänsä
boyfriendeillään
boyfriendeillänsä
ablative boyfriendiltään
boyfriendiltänsä
boyfriendeiltään
boyfriendeiltänsä
allative boyfriendilleen
boyfriendillensä
boyfriendeilleen
boyfriendeillensä
essive boyfriendinään
boyfriendinänsä
boyfriendeinään
boyfriendeinänsä
translative boyfriendikseen
boyfriendiksensä
boyfriendeikseen
boyfriendeiksensä
abessive boyfriendittään
boyfriendittänsä
boyfriendeittään
boyfriendeittänsä
instructive
comitative boyfriendeineen
boyfriendeinensä

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