how to pronounce boy


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the above transcription of boy is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

boy is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of boy in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and they're fun and boy do we need them …”

meanings of boy


  1. Any non-white male, regardless of age.
  2. A non-white male servant regardless of age, particularly as a form of address.
  3. A male camp follower.
  4. A male child: a son of any age.
  5. A male animal, especially, in affectionate address, a male dog.
  6. A male child or teenager, as distinguished from infants or adults.
  7. A male of any age, particularly one rather younger than the speaker.
  8. A male (tree, gene, etc).
  9. A male of low station, (especially as pejorative) a worthless male, a wretch; a mean and dishonest male, a knave.
  10. A young male.
  11. (now rare and usually offensive outside some Commonwealth nations) A male servant, slave, assistant, or employee.
  12. A younger such worker.
  13. Heroin.
  14. A former low rank of various armed services; a holder of this rank.


  1. To use the word “boy" to refer to someone.
  2. To act as a boy (in allusion to the former practice of boys acting women's parts on the stage).


  1. Exclamation of surprise, pleasure or longing.

boy frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word boy occurs in english on average 169.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics boy can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that boy can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to boy


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