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:
“Youre wounded! Nay, his soldiers pride
Touched to the quick, he said:
Im killed, Sire! And his Chief beside,
Smiling the boy fell dead.”
—Robert Browning (18121889)
“A quiet well-behaved boy is likely to be both frightened and ambitious.”
—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)
“Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,”
—Mother Goose (fl. 17th18th century. Little Boy Blue (l. 12)