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English

From Middle English boy, boye (servant, commoner, knave, boy), from Old English *bōia (boy), from Proto-Germanic *bōjô (younger brother, young male relation), from Proto-Germanic *bō- (brother, close male relation), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰā-, *bʰāt- (father, elder brother, brother). Cognate with Scots boy (boy), West Frisian boai (boy), Middle Dutch boi, booi (boy), Low German Boi (boy), and probably to the Old English proper name Bōia. Also related to West Flemish boe (brother), Norwegian dialectal boa (brother), Dutch boef (rogue, knave), German Bube ("boy; knave; jack"; > English bub), Icelandic bófi (rogue, crook, bandit, knave). See also bully.

Azerbaijani

From Proto-Turkic *bod (body, stature; self; kin, tribe, etc).

Cebuano

From English boy.

Dutch

Borrowed from English boy.

French

Borrowed from English boy.

Italian

Borrowed from English boy.

Ladino

Borrowed from Turkish boy (stature, size).

Portuguese

Shortening of office boy, from English office boy.

Sranan Tongo

From English boy.

Turkish

From Old Turkic bod, from Proto-Turkic *bod. See archaic bodur (stout, short).

Westrobothnian

From Old Norse bógr (shoulder), from Proto-Germanic *bōguz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰāǵʰus.