Definition of boyfriend in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈboiˌfrend/


1A regular male companion with whom one has a romantic or sexual relationship.
Example sentences
  • His mum was a single mother who had a succession of boyfriends, none of whom were able to act as a father figure to him or his sister Denise.
  • Why do male friends and boyfriends from the past always get in touch when their lives are falling apart?
  • For some reason I find it very difficult to meet potential boyfriends or dates.
lover, sweetheart, beloved, darling, dearest, man, guy, escort, suitor;
partner, significant other, companion
informal fella, (main) squeeze, flame, steady, BF, boo, toy boy, boy toy, sugar daddy
literary swain
dated beau, young man, man friend
2 [as modifier] Denoting an item of clothing for a woman or girl that is designed to be loose-fitting or slightly oversized: a boyfriend cardigan

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: boy·friend

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.