Definition of fanboy in English:



  • A male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, movies, or science fiction.

    • ‘I'm a bit of a fan boy, and eager to tell you about Stevie's latest release.’
    • ‘You'll witness alternative cartoonists lapsing into fanboy stupor when someone whose work they really respect is around.’
    • ‘There's little harm in fanboys creating myths around their heroes, but when the artist buys into this myth, the work suffers for it.’
    • ‘The movie is made in such a way that fanboys and newcomers alike can go see it and be pleasantly surprised.’
    • ‘They talk about two things close to my heart - cycling and electronica, so you lot would be better off chatting amongst yourselves while I turn into a drooling fanboy for the time being.’
    • ‘I was at the midnight showing of Attack of the Clones in LA three years ago and a fight broke out between fanboys over some prime seats.’
    • ‘The large number of statistics will, of course, be meat and drink to the Formula One fanboys at which this tome is mainly targeted.’
    • ‘I'd love to say that I'm not a desperate fanboy, but noone would believe me and hey, it's not even true, so.’
    • ‘His blow-by-blow account of the performance is breathless in its fanboy enthusiasm.’
    • ‘I'm a pathetic Buffy fanboy.’


[no object]informal
  • (of a male fan) behave in an obsessive or overexcited way.

    ‘he fanboyed out meeting his idol on the red carpet’
    • ‘I'm fanboying out, and I don't even care.’
    • ‘He spotted the actress backstage and unabashedly "fanboyed" over the comedy she stars in, later admitting that he'd love to guest star on the sitcom.’
    • ‘I fanboyed hard over my games.’
    • ‘It's been a long time since I fanboyed out like this.’
    • ‘There are people who are supporting other labels, and they're fanboying for someone else.’
    • ‘If I hadn't had to leave directly after the performance, I would have shamelessly fanboyed and had the band sign the CD I bought.’
    • ‘I have never seen him fanboying or ranting about any actor.’
    • ‘I don't mean to offend, but you seem to be fanboying over the console by saying that its competitors won't excel to what it offers and by calling them bland.’
    • ‘I'm also never said anything about which is better, I just called you out on your blatant fanboying and misinformation.’
    • ‘I'm not fanboying, I'm just stating a fact.’
    • ‘I've been "fanboying" since long before I ever presumed to understand the novel.’