20th century United States Latino-American urban slang. Originated from travelers to metropolitan areas derived from American English as a blend of hometown + boy. However, modern use is mostly by African-Americans and Latinos in the United States.
homeboy (plural homeboys)
- (colloquial) Someone, particularly a male acquaintance, from one’s hometown.
- (colloquial, African American Vernacular) A close friend or fellow member of a youth gang.
- (colloquial) A person.