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1A regular male companion with whom one has a romantic or sexual relationship.
lover, sweetheart, loved one, love, beloved, darling, dearest, young man, man friend, man, escort, suitor, wooer, admirer, worshipper, followerView synonyms
- ‘For a start some girls have a tendency to act a little differently because of boyfriends.’
- ‘We can keep an eye on her apartment and squeeze information from previous boyfriends.’
- ‘Why do male friends and boyfriends from the past always get in touch when their lives are falling apart?’
- ‘Have you read what some of your former boyfriends have said about you in a tabloid this past week?’
- ‘Too many of my best friends have been boyfriends, and when the relationship ends, so does that.’
- ‘Julie has been missing before but is generally found in the company of her boyfriend.’
- ‘In some cases, their husbands or boyfriends have even paid the £200 cost of them taking part.’
- ‘She tells me she has a boyfriend who does mathematical modelling for a financial company.’
- ‘We don't want to talk about face creams and washing routines with our boyfriends or friend's 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.’
- ‘A relationship is ended but is far from over when the boyfriend refuses to let go.’
- ‘My German boyfriend has just moved in with me and our relationship has started to fall apart.’
- ‘For some reason I find it very difficult to meet potential boyfriends or dates.’
- ‘And anyhow I am only 19 and I have my whole life ahead of me to have a whole hoard of other boyfriends.’
- ‘Today, we have stopped celebrating, leaving it to the boyfriends to do the job!’
- ‘Many have so far refused to give evidence against the men whom they regard as their boyfriends.’
- ‘On her date, her boyfriend took her to see the film Gladiator which she detested.’
- ‘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.’
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, roomyView synonyms
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