Crossword clues for boy
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Boy \Boy\, n. [Cf. D. boef, Fries. boi, boy; akin to G. bube, Icel. bofi rouge.]
A male child, from birth to the age of puberty; a lad; hence, a son.
My only boy fell by the side of great Dundee.
--Sir W. Scott.
Note: Boy is often used as a term of comradeship, as in college, or in the army or navy. In the plural used colloquially of members of an associaton, fraternity, or party.
In various countries, a male servant, laborer, or slave of a native or inferior race; also, any man of such a race; -- considered derogatory by those so called, and now seldom used. [derog.]
He reverted again and again to the labor difficulty, and spoke of importing boys from Capetown.
Boy bishop, a boy (usually a chorister) elected bishop, in old Christian sports, and invested with robes and other insigni
He practiced a kind of mimicry of the ceremonies in which the bishop usually officiated.
The Old Boy, the Devil. [Slang]
Yellow boys, guineas. [Slang, Eng.]
Boy's love, a popular English name of Southernwood ( Artemisia abrotonum); -- called also lad's love.
Boy's play, childish amusements; anything trifling.
Boy \Boy\, v. t. To act as a boy; -- in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage.
I shall see
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-13c., boie "servant, commoner, knave, boy," of unknown origin. Possibly from Old French embuie "one fettered," from Vulgar Latin *imboiare, from Latin boia "leg iron, yoke, leather collar," from Greek boeiai dorai "ox hides." (Words for "boy" double as "servant, attendant" across the Indo-European map -- compare Italian ragazzo, French garçon, Greek pais, Middle English knave, Old Church Slavonic otroku -- and often it is difficult to say which meaning came first.)\n
\nBut it also appears to be identical with East Frisian boi "young gentleman," and perhaps with Dutch boef "knave," from Middle Dutch boeve, perhaps from Middle Low German buobe. This suggests a gradational relationship to babe. For a different conjecture:\n\nIn Old English, only the proper name Boia has been recorded. ME boi meant 'churl, servant' and (rarely) 'devil.' In texts, the meaning 'male child' does not antedate 1400. ModE boy looks like a semantic blend of an onomatopoeic word for an evil spirit (*boi) and a baby word for 'brother' (*bo). [Liberman]\n
\nA noticable number of the modern words for 'boy', 'girl', and 'child' were originally colloquial nicknames, derogatory or whimsical, in part endearing, and finally commonplace. These, as is natural, are of the most diverse, and in part obscure, origin.
[Buck]\nUsed slightingly of young men in Middle English; meaning "male negro slave or Asian personal servant of any age" attested from c.1600. Exclamation oh, boy attested from 1892.
interj. Exclamation of surprise, pleasure or longing. n. 1 (context now uncommon and/or offensive English) Male servant. 2 # (context now rare English) A male servant, in general senses. (from 14th c.) 3 # (context historical now offensive English) A non-white male servant, as used especially by whites in a colonial settlement etc. (from 17th c.) 4 # (context now offensive English) A non-white male. (from 19th c.) 5 (context obsolete English) A lower-class or disreputable man; a worthless person. (14th-17th c.) 6 A young male human; a male child or young adult. (from 15th c.) vb. 1 to use the word boy to refer to someone 2 (context transitive English) to act as a boy (qualifier: in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage)
a friendly informal reference to a grown man; "he likes to play golf with the boys"
(ethnic slur) offensive term for Black man; "get out of my way, boy"
A boy is a human male child or young man.
Boy(s) or The Boy(s) may also refer to:
Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984) is the first autobiographical book by British writer Roald Dahl. It describes his life from birth until leaving school, focusing on living conditions in Britain in the 1920s and 1930s, the public school system at the time, and how his childhood experiences led him to writing as a career. It ends with his first job, working for Royal Dutch Shell. His autobiography continues in the book Going Solo.
BOY is a Canadian indie pop band, originally the solo project of Whitehorse, Yukon native Stephen Noel Kozmeniuk. Now based in Toronto, the band consists of vocalist and general instrumentalist Kozmeniuk, drummer Maurie Kaufmann, bassist Steve Payne, and guitarists Rolla Olak and James Robertson. The band's debut album was released on Bumstead Records and the second one, Every Page You Turn, on MapleMusic Recordings.
is a 1969 Japanese film directed by Nagisa Oshima, starring Tetsuo Abe, Akiko Koyama and Fumio Watanabe.
Boy is a 1987 compilation album from Swedish pop singer Lena Philipsson.
BOY is the first single Shion Miyawaki released under label Rhythm Zone. This single charted on the Oricon ranking on the #182 place and sold 507 copies in its first week.
Boy is a 2009 Philippine film by renowned and critically acclaimed Filipino director Auraeus Solito. The 83-minute film produced by recounts a young poet's infatuation with a young macho dancer.
Boy (also as BoY) has been shown in many international film festivals. The Board of Film Censors in Singapore banned the showing of the movie because it "normalizes homosexuality and romanticizes sex between men." Boy was screened in the Philippines in June 2009.
A boy is a young male human, usually a child or adolescent. When he becomes an adult, he is described as a man. The most apparent difference between a typical boy and a typical girl is the genitalia. However, some intersex children with ambiguous genitals, and genetically female transgender children, may also be classified or self-identify as a boy.
The term boy is primarily used to indicate biological sex distinctions, cultural gender role distinctions or both. The latter most commonly applies to adult men, either considered in some way immature or inferior, in a position associated with aspects of boyhood, or even without such boyish connotation as age-indiscriminate synonym. The term can be joined with a variety of other words to form these gender-related labels as compound words.
Boy is the debut studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Steve Lillywhite, and was released on 20 October 1980 on Island Records. Thematically, the album captures the thoughts and frustrations of adolescence. It contains many songs from the band's 40-song catalogue at the time, including two tracks that were re-recorded from their original versions on the band's debut release, the EP Three. Boy was recorded from March–September 1980 at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin; it was their first time at the studio, which became their chosen recording location during the 1980s. It was also their first time working with Lillywhite, who subsequently became a frequent producer for the band's recorded work.
Boy included U2's first hit single, " I Will Follow". The album's release was followed by the group's first tour of continental Europe and the United States, the Boy Tour. The album received generally positive reviews from critics. It peaked at number 52 in the UK and number 63 in the US. In 2008, a remastered edition of Boy was released.
"Boy (I Need You)" is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, taken from her ninth studio album, Charmbracelet (2002). It was written by Carey, Justin Smith, Norman Whitfield and Cameron Giles, and produced by the former and Just Blaze. The song was released as the album's second single on November 26, 2002. Initially, "The One" had been chosen as the second single from the album, however, halfway through the filming of a music video for it, the singer decided to release "Boy (I Need You)" instead. Considered by Carey as one of her favorites, the track is a reworked version of rapper Cam'ron's song " Oh Boy" released earlier that year.
The song was met with generally mixed reviews from contemporary critics. Many praised Carey's versatility and considered it as one of the stand-out tracks of Charmbracelet for having a different production when compared to the others. However, the sample hook of the song was described as "annoying". The single failed to make much impact on the charts around the world; it reached number 68 on the US Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Songs chart and number 57 on the US Hot Singles Sales chart. Elsewhere, the song reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, while peaking within the top 40 in Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland and New Zealand.
The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, incorporates elements of Japanese culture and features Carey's alter-ego Bianca. It was also the first time that Carey worked with Kahn in a music video, which premiered on an episode of MTV's Making the Video in 2003. Following the release of " Through the Rain", Carey embarked on several stateside, European and Asian promotional tours in support of Charmbracelet, as well as its accompanying singles. Carey performed "Boy (I Need You)" live on several television shows appearances around the world.
"Boy" is a ballad performed by British duo Erasure. Originally recorded in typical synthpop/Erasure style in 1997, the song appeared on their album Cowboy. In 2006, Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell released Union Street, an album containing past Erasure songs reinterpreted in acoustic and country and western style.
Joined by three additional non-Union Street tracks, "Boy" was released by Mute Records as the "Boy EP" — its extended track total made it ineligible for the UK singles chart. The "Boy EP" was released as an album teaser, several weeks before Union Street. In the United States, "Boy" was made available by Mute as a digital download only.
Also contained in the release was an acoustic version of Erasure's 1985 song "Cry So Easy", found on their debut album Wonderland. Here, Bell's original vocal was used with new instrumentation. A live recording of an acoustic version of "I Bet You're Mad At Me" is also exclusive to this release (the song originally on the Nightbird album), as is "Jacques Cousteau", an electronic Vince Clarke instrumental.
"Boy" is a song by US singer Marcella Detroit, released in December 1996 as the third single from her album Feeler. Although the most successful of all four singles released from Feeler, the song performed poorly nonetheless, peaking at #102 on the UK Singles Chart.
Boy, James Hanley's second novel, first published in 1931 by Boriswood, is a grim story of the brief life and early death of a thirteen year old stowaway from Liverpool. After several editions had been published in 1931 and 1932, a cheap edition, published in 1934, was prosecuted for obscene libel and the publisher heavily fined.
Boy by Leo Butler is a play which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2016. It was directed by Sacha Wares, and featured Frankie Fox in the lead role.
"Boy" is the title of the 1985 debut single by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was included on the band's eponymous debut album Book of Love in 1986.
Although the song failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it did make the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, where it peaked at no. 7 in April 1985.
"Boy" was written by band member Theodore ("Ted") Ottaviano and features a prominent tubular bells melody. The band secured a recording contract when the demo of the song was given to DJ/producer Ivan Ivan, who then passed it along to Seymour Stein of Sire Records.
The song is also notable for its uncommon (in a mainstream pop song of its time) subject matter, describing the frustrations of a woman who likes "a boy who likes boys". The lyrical content, however, is veiled and suggestive rather than overt and explicit, presumably due to the unease surrounding homosexuality in some circles of US culture in the mid-1980s. Ted Ottaviano said in a 2016 Village Voice interview that the song "is actually written about Boy Bar, which was a very exclusive gay club in the East Village."
In 1985, a rare Australian promotional video was shot for the single. (see External links for video) On May 21, 1985, the song was featured on American Bandstand's rate-a-record segment. Up against B.E. Taylor Group's "Reggae Rock & Roll", "Boy" won the competition with the score of 84.
In 2000, almost sixteen years later, the song was remixed by noted club DJ Peter Rauhofer, as well as Headrillaz, Dubaholics, RPO, and re-released to dance clubs in late 2000/early 2001. These remixes, including an almost ten-minute-long version by Rauhofer, again charted on the Billboard Club Play chart under the title "Boy (Remixes)", this time reaching no. 1 on the dance chart in February 2001. Both the original version of "Boy" as well as an edit of the remix by Rauhofer were included on Book of Love's greatest hits album, I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love, in 2001.
In 2001, a promotional video remix titled 'Big Red Mix' was made for the album edit of the Peter Rauhofer remix using footage from the band's 1989 appearance at Bill Graham's In Concert Against AIDS benefit show in San Francisco. (see External links for video)
The song is played during a club scene in the episode "Limbo" of the American television series Halt and Catch Fire.
Boy is a 2010 New Zealand coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi. The film stars James Rolleston, Waititi, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Moerangi Tihore, and Cherilee Martin. It is produced by Cliff Curtis, Ainsley Gardiner and Emanuel Michael and financed by the New Zealand Film Commission. In New Zealand, the film eclipsed previous records for a first week's box office takings for a local production. Boy went on to become the highest grossing New Zealand film at the local box office. The soundtrack to Boy features New Zealand artists such as The Phoenix Foundation, who previously provided music for Waititi's film Eagle vs Shark.
Boy (stylized BOY) is a Swiss/German pop duo founded in 2007 by Swiss singer Valeska Steiner and German bassist Sonja Glass. The two met while at a pop-music course at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 2005. The band initially played concerts exclusively, before being discovered and signed to Herbert Grönemeyer's label, Grönland Records, in 2011.
Their debut album, Mutual Friends ( Gold-certified in Germany), was produced by Philipp Steinke and released in the autumn of 2011. The band sings entirely in English in a style reminiscent of that of Leslie Feist.
In the UK, Mutual Friends was released by Decca in June 2012. The North American release of the album is set for February 2013 on Nettwerk Records.
Boy won the Hamburg Musician Prize HANS in 2011 in the category Hamburgs Newcomer of the Year, and their album Mutual Friends won the 2012 European Border Breakers Award (EBBA).
The duo's song "Little Numbers" was also featured in the Lufthansa Airline's Business Class advertisement in mid-2012. In 2013 the song was at No. 4 in the Japan Hot 100.
The duo's first-ever USA tour launched on March 1, 2013 with a sold-out performance at Joe's Pub, New York City.
After a two year hiatus to focus on song-writing, the duo released their second studio album We Were Here in 2015.
Boy is a masculine given name or nickname and a surname which may refer to:
- Philipp Boy (born 1987), German former gymnast, twice World All Around silver medalist
- Werner Boy (1879–1914), German mathematician
- Boy van Poppel (born 1988), Dutch road racing cyclist
- Boy Westerhof (born 1985), Dutch professional tennis player
- Boy Abunda (born 1960), Filipino television host nicknamed "Boy"
- Roy Brindley (born 1969), English professional poker player nicknamed "The Boy"
- Elmer Boy Cabahug (born 1964), retired Philippine Basketball Association player
- Peter "Boy" Mould (1916-1941), British Royal Air Force flying ace
- April "Boy" Regino, Filipino pop singer born Dennis Regino (born 1969)
Usage examples of "boy".
Why, Abigail could best nearly any boy in the county at what were deemed masculine pursuits: hunting, riding and climbing trees.
I mind was inside the bar of San Lucar, and he and I were boys about a ten year old, aboord of a Dartmouth ship, and went for wine, and there come in over the bar he that was the beginning of it all.
Just where the bitumen ended and the grass began sat a small Aboriginal boy, I recognised him as belonging to a house around the corner from us!
There were a few lightly coloured Aboriginal boys left and they kept an eye on me.
A boy, suffering from abscess under the trochanter, was operated on for its relief.
I had all the clothing, body armor, abseil kit, the lot, and the weapons that any member of the assault group would be taking, and there was Fat Boy, who was dressed up in the kit.
Once the two-hundred-foot abseiling rope was on the ground, Joe and Fat Boy would start to ease themselves out of the heli so that their feet were on the deck and their bodies were at forty-five degrees to the ground.
It was not at the agonized contortions and posturing of the wretched boy that he was shocked, but at the cosmic obscenity of these beings which could drag to light the abysmal secrets that sleep in the unfathomed darkness of the human soul, and find pleasure in the brazen flaunting of such things as should not be hinted at, even in restless nightmares.
As he studied her sleeping face, he ached inside to stop the car and take hold of her, to whisper her name against her mouth, to tell her how much he loved her, how much he wanted her, so much that already his body-He cursed under his breath, reminding himself that he was closer now to forty than to twenty and that the turbulent, uncontrollable reaction of his body to the merest thought of touching her was the reaction of an immature boy, not an adult man.
It carried the boy to a smaller form that Acies could easily pick out with his keen eyes.
Not long after his departure--that is, between eight and nine--the boy was taken ill and put into bed with all the violent symptoms which are invariably produced by that most deadly of vegetable poisons, aconitine, and he died at twenty minutes past eleven the same night.
And in that acoustically superb vaulted church -- cornerstone laid on March 28, 1343 -- a fat boy, supported by the main organ and the echo organ, sings a slender Credo.
There is a case on record of a boy of fourteen who was shot in the right shoulder, the bullet entering through the right upper border of the trapezius, two inches from the acromion process.
I saw, sitting before a table, a woman already somewhat advanced in age, with two young girls and two boys, but I looked in vain for the actress, whom Don Sancio Pico at last presented to me in the shape of one of the two boys, who was remarkably handsome and might have been seventeen.
I noticed that the boy I had spoken to, the one addressed by Mr Quigg as Mealy-Plant, was, like me, making no attempt to obtain any of the potatoes although he was one of the comparatively larger boys.