A boy is a young male human, usually child or adolescent. When he becomes an adult he's described as a man. The most apparent thing that differentiates a boy from a girl is that a boy typically has a penis while girls do not. However some intersex children with ambiguous genitals, and biologically female transgender children, may also be classified or self-identify as a "boy".
The term "boy" is primarily used to indicate biological sex distinctions, cultural gender role distinctions or both. The latter most commonly applies to adult men, either considered in some way immature or inferior, in a position associated with aspects of boyhood, or even without such boyish connotation as age-indiscriminate synonym. The term can be joined with a variety of other words to form these gender-related labels as compound words.
Other articles related to "boy":
... funeral portrait of a young boy Sir Walter Raleigh and his son, 1602 Die Söhne des Künstlers Christian Leberecht Vogel Die Geschwister an der Ostsee, by Ernst Weise, 1915 ...
Famous quotes containing the word boy:
“The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.”
—Vladimir Nabokov (18991977)
“How old is she, Billy boy, Billy boy?
How old is she, charming Billy?
Past six, past seven,
Past twenty and eleven,
Shes a young thing, and cannot leave her mother.”
—Unknown. Billy Boy (l. 2125)
“Among the interesting thing in camp are the boys. You recollect the boy in Captain McIlraths company; we have another like unto him in Captain Woodwards. He ran away from Norwalk to Camp Dennison; went into the Fifth, then into the Guthries, and as we passed their camp, he was pleased with us, and now is a boy of the Twenty-third. He drills, plays officer, soldier, or errand boy, and is a curiosity in camp.”
—Rutherford Birchard Hayes (18221893)