boyish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

boy +‎ -ish

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɔɪ.ɪʃ/
  • Hyphenation: boy‧ish

Adjective[edit]

boyish (comparative more boyish, superlative most boyish)

  1. Like a stereotypical boy in appearance or demeanor.
    • 1855, Frederick Douglass, chapter 1, in My Bondage and My Freedom, New York: Miller, Orton and Mulligan:
      He is never expected to act like a nice little gentleman, for he is only a rude little slave. Thus, freed from all restraint, the slave-boy can be, in his life and conduct, a genuine boy, doing whatever his boyish nature suggests.
    People disliked his boyish and juvenile behaviour.
    Her boyish figure belied her femininity.

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