Definition of boyish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈboiiSH/


Of, like, or characteristic of a male child or young man: his boyish charm she looked boyish and defiant
More example sentences
  • His firm handshake, welcoming smile and boyish charm were a winning combination.
  • He's 34 but looks years younger, and could certainly give lessons in boyish charm.
  • His hair is thinning but he has a boyish smile that makes his age impossible to guess.



Example sentences
  • His charisma was of the kind that lit up a room as soon as he entered it, boyishly handsome even after his hair began to grey, with movie-star good looks that many women found irresistible.
  • A black silk shirt hung open from his shoulders, baring a boyishly smooth and muscular torso for a man who says he's 69 and is alleged by various old spoilers down south to be as much as five years older.
  • Sure, you already knew that Ken's funny, smart, insightful, and boyishly handsome, but did you know he can also sing and dance?


Pronunciation: /ˈboiəSHnəs/
Example sentences
  • For all his verbal roughhousing, the 41-year-old exudes a peculiar vulnerability and a boyishness in his taunts.
  • It had nothing to do with the usual qualities such men are supposed to possess: vulnerability, say, or boyishness, or even charisma.
  • There is something almost childlike about Harper, a gee-whiz boyishness.

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Syllabification: boy·ish

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