Definition of pretty boy in US English:

pretty boy


derogatory, informal
  • A foppish or effeminate man.

    ‘it was rare indeed for any athlete to be a pretty boy at a time when American men were still stuck in a 1950's macho mindset’
    as modifier ‘his aging pretty-boy charm’
    • ‘He watched the light from the fire flicker over Ken's pretty-boy face.’
    • ‘There are a lot of pretty boys and I'm not a pretty boy.’
    • ‘All the men my age are bitter balding drunks or pretty boys with the pretty boy mentality.’
    • ‘He came back after a few minutes with a pout on his pretty-boy face.’
    • ‘‘We've got to get rid of the pretty-boy attitude, get into the meat-and-potatoes attitude,’ he says.’
    • ‘‘Man, dude,’ the pretty-boy TV guy said, ‘your brain is, like, way better than mine!’’
    • ‘So twenty years later, close your eyes, forget the sartorially-challenged pretty-boy poster-images, and listen to the music.’
    • ‘White's not some pretty-boy quarterback who strolled along easy street all through the regular season because his team was so good.’
    • ‘He's improved a lot since his early pretty-boy days, but he's not a magician.’
    • ‘Despite the pretty scenery and the pretty boys, the show lacks any sense of drama or emotion.’
    fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rake
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pretty boy

/ˈpridē boi/