1. (also home-buddy) someone who stays mainly at home.
|Præterita (1978) 189: Both despised me, as a home-boy, to begin with; Kynaston with justice .|
|Eve. World (NY) 20 Apr. 2/4: Old Homeboy — [...] Excuse me to-night: I am such a foolish old homebody.|
|John Redding Goes to Sea (1995) 931: Ef he wuz uh home-buddy he’d be drove ’way by you all’s racket.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 35: Now Homey was a Home Boy, a strictly Hometown Square.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 242: homeboy/homegirl 1. One who spends much time at home. 2. One who is under the domination and control of the mother.|
2. a neighbourhood person [homeboy originated in the South and was used by all races before it migrated, with the black population, to the urban ghettos; its modern use in rap music has rendered it once again trans-cultural].
|Colored American 15 Nov. 3/3: The ‘home-boys’ with the Williams and Walker aggregation were sore over the frost they met with in the proud city of Washington .|
|Colored American (Wash., DC) 12 Nov. 7/1: Mr West is one of the home boys, and is popular with the home folks.|
|Princeton Union (Minn.) 4 June 8/2: Foley’s star slab artist, Kasner, will be on the firing line for the Irish, and Wilkes will heave them over for the home boys.|
|Macon Tel. (GA) 9 Oct. (in2001) n.p.: The overflowing crowd’s response to Miller could not be attributed solely to his being a ‘home boy’ said the reviewer.|
|in Pissing in the Snow (1977) 140: The home boys all laughed like hell when they heard that joke [about incest in Arkansas families].|
|Pulp Fiction (2006) 3: He was sitting in a stud game with five of the home boys.‘One, Two, Three’ in Penzler|
|On the Yard (2002) 111: One of my homeboys came in last week.|
|Ringolevio 24: Homeboy tried to make a go of it but his whole body was stiff.|
|(con. 1950s) My Life 122: To our great relief ‘The Army’ had arrived. Scaru, Puru, Toffie, Play and a lot more of our home boys from the ‘Rough House’.|
|(con. c.1970) Phantom Blooper 24: His heavily armed and highly motivated reinforced rifle squad of homeboys will go back to the block.|
|Westsiders 5: ‘Homeboy’, ‘homie’. Even that word, such a staple of hip-hop vocabulary, works to join men to a location.|
|Turning Angel 275: They were black kids. Homeboys.|
3. a good friend; thus as a term of address.
|Chosen Few (1966) 56: What’s th’ long face fer, home boy?|
|No Beast So Fierce 93: Look, homeboy, talk to him, or have him get in touch with me.|
|‘Personal’ [lyrics] Homeboys, you know the situation.|
|Always Running (1996) 57: Leave the vato alone, homeboy.|
|Source Nov. 164: ‘He’s come a long way,’ says Bizzy’s longtime homeboy Big B.|
|Guardian G2 6 Dec. 36: I don’t care if Jesus is Your Homeboy.|
|NY Times 26 Jan. [Internet] I like the word ‘homeboy’ cause I have alot of them. It means the boy is close to you and you’ve known him for a while.|
|Lives Laid Away [ebook] ‘As the saying goes, homeboy [...] that ship has sailed’.|
4. a naïve person, newly arrived in the city from the countryside.
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 70: This homeboy was anything but slick.|
5. (S.Afr./US) someone who has come to the city from the same rural or provincial area as oneself; see also homegirl n.
|Langa 180: A home-boys’ clique co-operates with other like cliques for arbitration in disputes.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 169: ‘I can tell you’re from New York, and,’ he added, looking at Brew, ‘you’re not.‘ ‘Yuh right,’ Brew said, ‘Ah’s a home boy.’.|
|Marabi Dance 41: He saw that some of his old ‘home-boys’ [...] had come to visit him.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: homeboy – male from the same town.|
|Official Dancehall Dict. 25: (H)ome-bwoy one’s country man.|
|Stingray Shuffle 201: We’re homeboys. I grew up on Thirty-fifth Street, two blocks over [from him].|
6. (Irish) an ex-inmate of a religious institution.
|Barracks [ebook] Labourers hired out for their lives from the religious institutions that reared them to farmers, homeboys, were known to have as few as 5 cars behind their deal coffins .|
7. (US black) a young black or Hispanic member of a street gang, occas. Aus.; also attrib.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|‘Ya Better Bring a Gun’ [lyrics] Now Compton is the city where the homeboys stay / Rollin in a different car everyday.|
|Guardian 2 Sept. 12: Small Latino ‘homeboy’ dolls said to resemble street gang members.|
|Indep. 17 Jan. 18: These guys are more than Tyson’s homeboys.|
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] [D]rinking elbow to elbow with backpackers full of drink and western suburbs home-boys full of attitude.|
|Turning Angel 468: Cyrus has homeboys. The Asians are a gang.|
8. (US black) a fellow black person.
|Chosen Few (1966) 225: Say D, do all home boys shoot like that?|
|Choirboys (1976) 188: ‘I thought you liked eatin like a home boy, Spermwhale,’ Calvin Potts grined.|
|Forced Landing 41: My two home-boys, Cy and Biza are making my troubles the bus-stop gossip [...] They are talking full-blast, real township style. No inhibitions, my bla.‘Bad Times, Sad Times’ in Mutloatse|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 5: home boy/home girl – a friend.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 170: Anything you need, homeboy, just let us know.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 156: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Homeboy. Homeslice. Milquetoast.|