Definition of boyhood in English:

boyhood

noun

mass noun
  • The state or time of being a boy.

    ‘he has been passionate about cars since boyhood’
    ‘John spent his boyhood in Maysville’
    as modifier ‘a boyhood friend’
    • ‘From boyhood, Darwin had been fascinated by the natural world and while an undergraduate he had acquired a small reputation as an amateur scientist.’
    • ‘Kirby came of age in the 1930s, was toughened by his Depression boyhood and perhaps scarred by his frontline experiences in World War Two.’
    • ‘Still, for adventuresome lads like Jack, the exotic destination was a boyhood dream come true, and Patagonia's star-filled sky a path to independence from the strictures of their homelands.’
    • ‘My sons and their friends spent many boyhood hours in the Copse, which they called "the jungle", in the 1970s.’
    • ‘From early boyhood the men were trained either to work in the quarries or to farm the land.’
    • ‘I spent my boyhood summers on my grandfather's farm in Ness City, Kansas.’
    • ‘During the writing process, however, he decided that Tom shouldn't grow up in the book, and focused specifically on Tom's boyhood.’
    • ‘He was nineteen when his mother died in 1821 and his boyhood experiences would colour his whole prodigious output of novels, poetry and plays.’
    • ‘His skills on his high school debate team, in fact, lifted him out of boyhood poverty in Seattle, winning him a scholarship to Harvard.’
    • ‘From a boyhood steeped in the Anzac tradition, Johnston became a pacifist.’
    • ‘Billy starts the tale of his boyhood days.’
    • ‘Now a professor of history at Yale University, and the author of numerous works of religious history, he recently wrote a memoir about his boyhood.’
    • ‘It was there, in the 1940s, that the young Robert Smithson would first have seen them, on one of his many boyhood visits to what was (and would continue to be) his favorite museum.’
    • ‘Young males yearn to leave boyhood behind and to become men.’
    • ‘Book auctions bring back many memories from my boyhood days.’
    • ‘The boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augusta was one of the excellence-in-restoration award winners from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.’
    • ‘If there was anything he harboured a passion for, it was that universal boyhood dream of becoming a footballer.’
    • ‘For them, Star Wars was the ultimate personification of their boyhood dreams and wishes.’
    • ‘Ah, the golden, sun-dappled world of boyhood in our lost Edwardian age!’
    early years, early life, young days, teens, teenage years, adolescence, young adulthood, girlhood, childhood
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Pronunciation

boyhood

/ˈbɔɪhʊd/