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.
Famous quotes containing the word boy:
“The mother must teach her son how to respect and follow the rules. She must teach him how to compete successfully with the other boys. And she must teach him how to find a woman to take care of him and finish the job she began of training him how to live in a family. But no matter how good a job a woman does in teaching a boy how to be a man, he knows that she is not the real thing, and so he tends to exaggerate the differences between men and women that she embodies.”
—Frank Pittman (20th century)
“My boy ... always try to rub up against money, for if you rub up against money long enough, some of it may rub off on you.”
—Damon Runyon (18841946)
“Young children...are often uninterested in conversation It is not that they dont have ideas and feelings, or need to express them to others It is simply that as one eight-year-old boy once told me, Talking is okay, but I dont like to do it all the time the way grown-ups do; I guess you have to develop the habit.”
—Robert Coles (20th century)