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From boy +‎ -ness.


boyness (uncountable)

  1. The state or condition of being a boy; masculinity, boyhood.
    • 1988, Donal A Carbaugh, Talking American: Cultural Discourses on Donahue, p. 9:
      What is it to be a boy in the scouts? What resources of communication give expression to boyness?
    • 2014, Clare Brennan, The Observer, 27 July:
      Evelyn Hoskins distils boyness from wide-eyed wonder and swaggering assurance.
    • 2018, Emily Willingham, "The non-binary brain", Aeon, 2 January:
      I wished for boyness because the boys did so many things I wanted to do and was excluded from doing because I was a girl.