Green’s Dictionary of Slang

boy n.2

1. a hump on a person’s back; thus him and his boy, a hunchback [the hunchback is seen as carrying a small child].

[UK]Sl. Dict. 95: Boy, a hump on a man’s back. In low circles it is usual to speak of a humpbacked man as two persons – ‘him and his boy’.

2. champagne [allegedly f. Edward VII’s habit of merely saying ‘Boy!’ to an attendant page who automatically brought him a glass of that wine; note Binstead, A Pink ’Un and a Pelican (1898) (the context is 1879): ‘The young bucks of the present day, by the way, generally allude to a bottle of champagne erroneously as “the Boy,” in evident ignorance of the origin of the term, which is as follows: At a shooting party of His Royal Highness’s, the guns were followed at a distance by a lad who wheeled a barrow-load of champagne, packed in ice. The weather was intensely close and muggy, and whenever anybody felt inclined for a drink he called out “Boy!” to the youth in attendance; the frequency with which this happened leading to the adoption of the term. It does not follow, however, that everybody who uses the word nowadays was out shooting that day with the Prince.’].

[UK] ‘The fine young London Gentleman’ in Punch LXXXII 69/2: He’ll nothing drink but B. and S., and big magnums of the boy.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 2 Feb. 2/4: The Prince of Wales refers to champagne as ‘the boy’. He would probably speak of Jersey Lightning as ‘the old man eloquent’.
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Mar. 1/4: The principal witness in the case of the British ‘boy’ which was lately before the courts was Mr. Corke. [...] The defender of home-made champagne was Mr. Goldberg.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 31 May 2/3: To drink herself silly / With creme de chantilly / And a magnum or two of ‘The Boy!’.
[UK]D. Cotsford Society Snapshots 74: What’s the matter, Daddles? — feel queer? . . . Nothing wrong with the ‘boy,’ is it?
[US]E.W. Townsend Sure 132: ‘I likes a spill as well — as well as I like a glass of de boy’.
[UK]Illus. Police News 30 Dec. 6/4: To each dear little joy, you stand magnums of ‘Boy,’ / Which is slang, you must know, for champagne.
[UK]Sporting Times 4 Feb. 1/1: One of the infernal nuisances of getting old is giving up champagne. But it is an old story—the old man is beaten by the boy.
[UK]E. Pugh Harry The Cockney 274: We opened the ball, as a rule, with a pint of the ‘boy’.

3. the penis.

[UK]Sheaves from an Old Escritoire 70: [She] gave me a shy little kiss [...] Oh! delightful! it made the boy still more proud; in fact he began to throb with delight [...] Still holding my boy she pulled the foreskin backwards and forwards a few times.

4. in homosexual senses.

(a) (gay) a male prostitute.

[US] ‘Hotel Sl.’ in AS XIV:3 Oct. 239/2: boy [...] male homosexual.
[US]G. Legman ‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
[US] (ref. to 1930s) Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 5: boy (n.): A male homosexual or bellhop, especially if a prostitute or available to male patrons of the hotel. (Hotel slang, ca. Los Angeles, 1939.).
[US]J. Rechy Rushes (1981) 56: Gatherings brightened or rendered even more desolating by an occasional, quite often discreetly bought, ‘boy’.

(b) (US prison) a gay prison inmate, esp. when the passive partner in a relationship with an otherwise heterosexual convict.

[US]A. Berkman Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 307: The chief cook drops in to visit ‘his’ boy.
[US]H. Simon ‘Prison Dict.’ in AS VIII:3 (1933) 24/2: BOY. Catamite.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 33/1: Boy. A passive pederast.
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 101: Why don’t you get yourself a boy and settle down?
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.
[NZ]H. Beaton Outside In I ii: Not me boy. No way.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 174: They even competed for control of gay men — whom they called ‘boys’.

(c) (US gay) in sado-masochistic sex, the passive or subservient partner.

[US]R. Scott Rebecca’s Dict. of Queer Sl. 🌐 boy — 1) a butch or male submissive or bottom, frequently one who role-plays as young 2) a boyish butch lesbian.

5. in drug uses.

(a) heroin [the image of heroin as a ‘masculine’ drug, i.e. one that ‘knocks you down’, rather than cocaine or girl n.2 (1), the injecting of which gives a sexual thrill (although heroin, too, has that effect on some users)].

[US]H. Braddy ‘Narcotic Argot Along the Mexican Border’ in AS XXX:2 86: BOY, n. Heroin, as opposed to girl, cocaine, and Dona Juanita, marijuana.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 60: Boy is the junkie’s name for heroin; they call cocaine girl because it gives ’em a sexual jab when they take a shot.
[US]E. Droge Patrolman 167: Whether you call it horse [...] boy, Harry, or Scot, it’s still heroin.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 172: Several terms were used to characterize heroin – H, skag, boy, horse, stuff.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 18: It’s no coincidence that cocaine and heroin are called boy and girl on the street.
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 238: Got cash, boy and girl. It’s yours.
[US]R. Cea No Lights, No Sirens 104: They would be used to mule the boy from the bagging plants and drop the heroin to prearranged spots where Cho’s steerers could deliver it to him on his spot when he needed to be re-upped.
[US](con. 2011) in J. Fenton We Own This City 100: Jaime texted a man named Kenneth Diggins [...] ‘Got any boy?’ she wrote, using slang for heroin. ‘Let me get some boy off you.’.

(b) cocaine [may be a misreading].

[US] cited in Spears Sl. and Jargon of Drugs and Drink (1986).
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Boy — Cocaine.

6. (UK juv.) the police [? abbr. blue boy n.2 (1)].

Central Cee ‘LA Leakers Freestyle’ 🎵 You say ‘The feds just done a sweep’ We say, ‘The boy dem run in my gaff’.

In compounds

boy-girl (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

do you need a boy?

(drugs) a surreptitious request for heroin.

[US]Lannoy & Masterson ‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’ AS XXVII:1 25: DO YOU NEED A BOY? phr. Have you any drugs for sale?

SE in slang uses

In compounds

boy-ass (n.) [ass n. (2)]

a boy who exists simply as a sex object for his homosexual partners.

[US]G. Legman ‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 5: boy-ass (n.): Generic for boy or young man who is the sexual object of a pedicator (pederast).
[US]E. Torres Q&A 150: Mauricio says the men will not stay on the boat with Roger, that he wants to bring his boy-ass aboard.
boy bar (n.)

(US) a bar primarily used by male homosexuals.

T. Cullen Man Who Was Norris (2014) 26: [B]oth cruised the gay boy-bars with which [Berlin] abounded.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 270: The he ups and brains some butt-rustler in a goddam boy bar.
boychick (n.) (also boychik, boytchick) [Yid. dimin. sfx -tschik]

a general term of affection between males; a man who acts like a child.

[US]C. Odets Awake and Sing! II i: Don’t cry, boychick.
[US](con. 1910s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 16: Pleased to meet up with you boytchicks.
[UK]R.L. Finn Time Remembered (1985) 114: Don’t get upset with me, boychick.
[US]K. Brasselle Cannibals 103: Okey-dokey, boychik.
[US]New Yorker 7 Mar. 94: Reggie shouldn’t have had to be the bouncing boychick even in his dealings with his wife.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 221: Go home, boychiks.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 22: Ruby yukked. Boychik — you slay me.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 184: Bob signed off, per usual, L’chaim, boychik.
boy-farm (n.)

a school; thus boy-farmer, a school-teacher.

W. Morris News from Nowhere (2008) 26: I had best say nothing about the boy-farms which I had been used to call schools .
[UK]Daily Chronicle 16 Sept. 2/6: The professional boy-farmers [...] are naturally trying to supply what is desired .
boyfriend (n.)

1. (US) a term of address between men, rarely affectionate.

[US]R. Chandler Playback 196: Listen boy friend, I’m a pretty big man in this town.

2. a term of address bewteen homosexual men.

[UK]A. Hollinghurst Line of Beauty 75: ‘Well,’ said Nick, finally, ‘where do you want to go?’ ‘I don't know, boyfriend,’ Leo said.

3. (US campus) any attractive man one does not know.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 2: boyfriend – good-looking male one has never seen before: ‘Where did that guy come from – he’s a boyfriend.’.
boy-girl (n.)

see separate entry.

boy Jones, the (n.) [one Jones, a chimney-sweep, who, c.1840, was cleaning the chimneys at Buckingham Palace, fell into an empty hearth and supposedly overheard Queen Victoria and Prince Albert talking of state secrets]

a teller of secrets.

[UK]C. Hindley Life and Times of James Catnach 329: There was a street-saying much in vogue, of ‘That Boy Jones again’, which was used to cover or account for all petty delinquencies in public or domestic life.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
boy racer (n.) [note motorcycle jargon boy racer, Model 7R AJS racing motorcycle, manufactured for the mass market in 1948]

a daredevil young car-driver; the term implies disdain for such puerile antics.

[UK]Guardian 14 Feb. 🌐 Ask the average road user what image is conjured up by the phrase ‘boy racer’ and they are likely to describe a strutting adolescent driving an Escort XR3i, with spoilers, yellow foglights and extra bass speakers, who practises handbrake turns in the local car park.
[Scot]T. Black Gutted 212: [of a VW Corrado] ’Tis what ye might call popular with a certain section of the community.’ ‘Fucking boy racers.’.
[Scot]V. McDermid Insidious Intent (2018) 92: [T]he perfect drag strip for boy racers to burn rubber in their pimped-out hatchbacks, the roar of their phat exhausts splitting skulls.
boy scout (n.)

(US teen) a policeman.

[US]Summerfield Sun (KS) 9 Jan. 2/3: Teen Talk Glossary [...] Boy scout — Policeman.
boy’s favourite (n.) [16 is the age of consent in the UK]

(bingo) the number 16.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 127/2: since ca. 1955.
boy’s gaol (n.)

(Aus. prison) a prison which abounds in petty rules.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. 🌐 Boy’s gaol [...] used derisively by experienced prisoners in describing prisons where the regime is seen to be petty.

In phrases

boy in blue (n.)

1. (Irish) stew, the food [rhy. sl.].

[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 12/1: Boy in blue, a tasteful stew.
[US]Maurer & Baker ‘“Aus.” Rhyming Argot’ in AS XIX:3.

2. see boys in blue n.

boy in the boat (n.)

the clitoris.

[[Scot]Order of the Beggar's Benison and Merryland (1892) 24: An Anster Sentiment — A tiny Boat with a Prow of perfect Ruby; whose shape assumes, in swell and concavity, a single Pearl].
[US]H.N. Cary Sl. of Venery I 22: Boy in the Boat — The clitoris.
[US] ‘The Boy in the Boat’ in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 176: Lift up your skirt, gal, an’ gimme a breeze, / What am I gonna do with all this cheese? / The Boy in the Boat! The Boy in the Boat!
[US]George Hanna ‘The Boy in the Boat’ 🎵 Face is still wrinkled, and his breath smells like soap, / Still talkin’ ’bout that boy in the boat.
[Aus]‘No 35’ Argot in Simes DAUS 23: Boy in the boat, the clitoris.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
[US]Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 131: Boy in the boat (clitoris, button, dot joy buzzer, cockpit).
[US](con. 1910s) F.M. Davis Livin’ the Blues 36: At an early age we talked about a ‘purr-tongue’ or a ‘boy-in-the-boat’.
boy with the boots (n.) [the use of the card as a trump, ‘booting’ other cards]

(Anglo-Irish) the joker in a pack of cards.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 127/2: late C.19–20.

In exclamations

boy howdy!

(US) a mild excl.

[US]M.E. Smith Adventures of a Boomer Op. 11: Boy Howdy, he had lost all the religion he ever did have.
[US]T. Thursday ‘Art for Artie’ in Argosy All-Story 30 Dec. 🌐 Boy, howdy! The titles alone would have made you seasick!
[US]K. Anderson Night Dogs 331: ‘God damn,’ he said aloud, the tension going. ‘Boy howdy’.
[US]L. Berney Gutshot Straight [ebook] Shake gazed at the car with the admiration he usually reserved for a bowl of homemade gumbo. ‘Boy howdy,’ he said.