Definition of boyfriend in English:

boyfriend

noun

  • 1A person's regular male companion with whom they have a romantic or sexual relationship.

    • ‘In some cases, their husbands or boyfriends have even paid the £200 cost of them taking part.’
    • ‘A relationship is ended but is far from over when the boyfriend refuses to let go.’
    • ‘She tells me she has a boyfriend who does mathematical modelling for a financial company.’
    • ‘For some reason I find it very difficult to meet potential boyfriends or dates.’
    • ‘Today, we have stopped celebrating, leaving it to the boyfriends to do the job!’
    • ‘Why do male friends and boyfriends from the past always get in touch when their lives are falling apart?’
    • ‘We don't want to talk about face creams and washing routines with our boyfriends or friend's boyfriends.’
    • ‘Julie has been missing before but is generally found in the company of her boyfriend.’
    • ‘My German boyfriend has just moved in with me and our relationship has started to fall apart.’
    • ‘Granted, some of the questionees were women, but they all voted for their boyfriends, so they don't count.’
    • ‘We both had boyfriends, and we both wanted to spend time with them.’
    • ‘Have you read what some of your former boyfriends have said about you in a tabloid this past week?’
    • ‘And anyhow I am only 19 and I have my whole life ahead of me to have a whole hoard of other boyfriends.’
    • ‘We can keep an eye on her apartment and squeeze information from previous boyfriends.’
    • ‘On her date, her boyfriend took her to see the film Gladiator which she detested.’
    • ‘Too many of my best friends have been boyfriends, and when the relationship ends, so does that.’
    • ‘Many have so far refused to give evidence against the men whom they regard as their boyfriends.’
    • ‘For a start some girls have a tendency to act a little differently because of boyfriends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They talk about how sweet their boyfriends are and how much fun they had on dates.’
    lover, sweetheart, loved one, love, beloved, darling, dearest, young man, man friend, man, escort, suitor, wooer, admirer, worshipper, follower
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  • 2as modifier Denoting an item of clothing for a woman or girl that is designed to be loose-fitting or slightly oversized.

    ‘a boyfriend cardigan’
    baggy, loose-fitting, easy-fitting, generously cut, slack, roomy
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Pronunciation

boyfriend

/ˈbɔɪfrɛnd/