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attaboy Syllabification: at·ta·boy
Pronunciation: /ˈadəˌboi/

Definition of attaboy in English:


An informal expression of encouragement or admiration, typically to a man or boy.
Example sentences
  • Come on, Red, get in the house… attaboy, attaboy.


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A piece of encouragement or congratulations, especially a letter: our boss will write you guys an attaboy
More example sentences
  • This past April, he received personal attaboys from both the prime minister and the president when annual sales broke $1 billion - a record for a publicly traded tech company in India.
  • ‘You guys didn't get any attaboys,’ he said, ‘and the rest of us got a bunch of them.’
  • The dog found it quickly and froze in a classic stance, posed for pictures, got more than a few pats and attaboys and never once moved until Randy tooted his whistle and picked up the bird.


Early 20th century: probably representing a casual pronunciation of that's the boy.

Words that rhyme with attaboy

choirboy • paperboy

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