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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, followerpartner, significant other, live-in lover, cohabitee, common-law husband, fiancéthe love of one's life, the apple of one's eye, the object of one's affectionsinamoratojongfella, baby, date, lover boy, flame, fancy man, toy boy, sugar daddyboyfsqueezeintendedswainbeau, steadygallant, paramour, lemanView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Why do male friends and boyfriends from the past always get in touch when their lives are falling apart?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Many have so far refused to give evidence against the men whom they regard as their boyfriends.’
- ‘They talk about how sweet their boyfriends are and how much fun they had on dates.’
- ‘And anyhow I am only 19 and I have my whole life ahead of me to have a whole hoard of other boyfriends.’
- ‘For some reason I find it very difficult to meet potential boyfriends or dates.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On her date, her boyfriend took her to see the film Gladiator which she detested.’
- ‘She tells me she has a boyfriend who does mathematical modelling for a financial company.’
- ‘We both had boyfriends, and we both wanted to spend time with them.’
- ‘Today, we have stopped celebrating, leaving it to the boyfriends to do the job!’
- ‘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.’
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, roomyView synonyms
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