Definition of homeboy in US English:

homeboy

noun

US, South African
informal
  • 1A young acquaintance from one's own town or neighborhood, or from the same social background.

    • ‘Imagine the greatest high school basketball player of all time, practically a homeboy, playing in front of customers he created in two years of quasi-professional basketball at the high school level.’
    • ‘I have one question for all of you Philly homeboys and girls.’
    • ‘When you go back, your homeboys will still be there.’
    • ‘He has to understand that it's OK that he has changed and his homeboys haven't.’
    • ‘Whatever happens on the final day of the 2005 Open it will almost undoubtedly be remembered a vintage tournament for the homeboys; certainly one that was far better for Scottish golf than anyone could dared to have hoped.’
    • ‘The Astros, who made a counteroffer of $13.5 million, stand to benefit greatly on the field and at the box office from having Houston's favorite homeboy in uniform.’
    • ‘Yet my Angeleno homeboys won't be rolling out the welcome wagon.’
    • ‘Well, he's a homeboy, a neighbor, from San Rafael.’
    • ‘Finally, our homeboys abandoned their perforated Plymouth and fled into a semi-quiet residential neighborhood, where they tried to hide out in a shed.’
    • ‘They even considered trading Ron Jordan, but Pup, Ron's homeboy from Harlem, wouldn't hear of it.’
    • ‘Inside the jail I was in a cell with a lot of Mexican homeboys.’
    • ‘I was 15, going over to a homeboy's house, and these dudes were running toward us with bats and chains.’
    • ‘I was born in Bakersfield, so I've skated the same streets you have, and I thought you might like to hear from a homeboy who has dealt with a lot of what you have to go through.’
    • ‘I remember a conversation with a homeboy who lost a brother in the wars.’
    • ‘Every summer Hardnett runs a small training camp for an elite group of professional players, usually loaded with Philly homeboys.’
    companion, boon companion, bosom friend, best friend, close friend, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, soul mate, alter ego, second self, shadow, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, ally, comrade, associate
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    1. 1.1 (especially among urban black people) a member of a peer group or gang.
      • ‘I peaked around the corner and watched Rems as he sat on the porch with his homeboys, laughing and slanging away, totally unaware of what's coming his way.’
      • ‘My homeboy, whom I'll call Kenny, is a handsome, successful banker, and much in demand with women, but somewhere inside he sees himself as the ugly duckling he believed himself to be in childhood.’
      • ‘Rylan Jones and his athletic homeboys were making their way up the concrete steps.’
      • ‘He had been rumoured to have said that he missed his homeboys and the old times.’
      • ‘A mate is no ordinary friend: he or she is a bro, a dude, a homeboy, a pard, a pally - someone who's got your back, who's connected to you by a kind of tribal bond.’
      • ‘There were probably only about fifteen boys there, but they were all my homeboys, my friends.’
      • ‘I hated that it was the last day of school and I had to be stuck in there with all of them when I could have been somewhere, hanging out with my main homeboy.’
      • ‘So what do your homeboy's think about you skating?’
      • ‘My homeboys are so not into politics, but they need to pay attention to this one.’
      • ‘My homeboy got jumped and I knew when he got out of the hole we were going to take care of it.’
      • ‘She and James split off into their separate groups, he went to his homeboys, and Daney went to her girls, her inner circle, or head council.’
      • ‘He partied with his homeboys and some of the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders at the beach.’
      • ‘I first started talking with my homeboys about a ceasefire in the gang wars in 1989.’
      • ‘I guess I'll just have to talk to my homeboy over there and get us some tickets.’
      • ‘I guess to their fellow homeboys this is hilarious and considered de rigueur, but to the rest of the world they seem clownish.’
      • ‘I could see my homeboy was scared, but that little Maya tried to kick at the old man.’

Pronunciation

homeboy

/ˈhōmˌboi//ˈhoʊmˌbɔɪ/