Definition of boyfriend in English:



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

    • ‘Granted, some of the questionees were women, but they all voted for their boyfriends, so they don't count.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some cases, their husbands or boyfriends have even paid the £200 cost of them taking part.’
    • ‘And anyhow I am only 19 and I have my whole life ahead of me to have a whole hoard of other boyfriends.’
    • ‘A relationship is ended but is far from over when the boyfriend refuses to let go.’
    • ‘For a start some girls have a tendency to act a little differently because of boyfriends.’
    • ‘We both had boyfriends, and we both wanted to spend time with them.’
    • ‘Many have so far refused to give evidence against the men whom they regard as their boyfriends.’
    • ‘Why do male friends and boyfriends from the past always get in touch when their lives are falling apart?’
    • ‘Too many of my best friends have been boyfriends, and when the relationship ends, so does that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On her date, her boyfriend took her to see the film Gladiator which she detested.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have you read what some of your former boyfriends have said about you in a tabloid this past week?’
    • ‘We don't want to talk about face creams and washing routines with our boyfriends or friend's boyfriends.’
    • ‘We can keep an eye on her apartment and squeeze information from previous boyfriends.’
    • ‘Today, we have stopped celebrating, leaving it to the boyfriends to do the job!’
    • ‘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
    partner, significant other, live-in lover, cohabitee, common-law husband, fiancé
    the love of one's life, the apple of one's eye, the object of one's affections
    fella, baby, date, lover boy, flame, fancy man, toy boy, sugar daddy
    beau, steady
    gallant, paramour, leman
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  • 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’
    baggy, loose-fitting, easy-fitting, generously cut, slack, roomy
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