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Alternative forms[edit]


From boy +‎ friend.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɔɪ.ˌfrɛnd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɔɪ.ˌfrɛnd/, /ˈbɔɪ.ˌfrɪnd/
  • (file)


boyfriend ‎(plural boyfriends)

  1. The male partner in an unmarried romantic relationship.
    • 2012, Justin Bieber, Boyfriend
      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.


Usage notes[edit]

In contrast to its female equivalent, girlfriend, which is also often used to describe a woman's close female friends, 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 marriage were generally frowned upon). It is now a generally accepted term and has no negative implications.

Use of boyfriend generally implies that the male is a boy or a young man. An older man in a non-marital relationship and sometimes even a young man in a long-term relationship is more often described as a significant other or partner.

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.


See also[edit]




  1. (rare) boyfriend


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
instructive boyfriendein
abessive boyfriendittä boyfriendeittä
comitative boyfriendeineen