Definition of boyfriend in US English:

boyfriend

noun

  • 1A regular male companion with whom one has a romantic or sexual relationship.

    • ‘Granted, some of the questionees were women, but they all voted for their boyfriends, so they don't count.’
    • ‘My German boyfriend has just moved in with me and our relationship has started to fall apart.’
    • ‘We don't want to talk about face creams and washing routines with our boyfriends or friend's boyfriends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some cases, their husbands or boyfriends have even paid the £200 cost of them taking part.’
    • ‘Too many of my best friends have been boyfriends, and when the relationship ends, so does that.’
    • ‘Have you read what some of your former boyfriends have said about you in a tabloid this past week?’
    • ‘Julie has been missing before but is generally found in the company of her boyfriend.’
    • ‘Today, we have stopped celebrating, leaving it to the boyfriends to do the job!’
    • ‘For a start some girls have a tendency to act a little differently because of boyfriends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She tells me she has a boyfriend who does mathematical modelling for a financial company.’
    • ‘Why do male friends and boyfriends from the past always get in touch when their lives are falling apart?’
    • ‘We can keep an eye on her apartment and squeeze information from previous 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.’
    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

/ˈboiˌfrend//ˈbɔɪˌfrɛnd/