Slang Words for Boyfriend (And How to Use Them Correctly)

We’ve already made a list of slang words for girlfriend, an important figure in many people’s lives. But many people have boyfriends, so we also think it’s time to discuss slang words for boyfriend.

In this brief post, we’ll show you a bunch of words you can apply to your other half if they’re a man. Try these out if you’re running out of fun pet names to call him.

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Slang Words for Boyfriend (in Alphabetical Order)

B

Baby

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A cutesy word that you can call your boyfriend in conversation with him or to refer to him when talking to someone else.
  • Example: “Hey, baby, how are you feeling today?”

Baby Daddy

Meaning:

  • (Noun): The male equivalent of “baby mama.” This is used to describe a man you have children with, but you’re not necessarily married to. You don’t even have to be dating him to call him this – you just need to have kids together.
  • Example: “I’m dropping my kids off at their baby daddy’s house this weekend.”

Bae

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Abbreviation of the word “babe.” Like baby, you can call your boyfriend this to his face or use it to mention him in other conversations.
  • Example: “See that man over there? That’s my bae.”

Beau

Meaning:

  • (Noun): An old-fashioned word for boyfriend. This is more common with older people than with younger generations.
  • Example: “My grandson has a handsome beau.”

Better Half

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Gender neutral title for your romantic partner.
  • Example: “That’s Brendan, my better half.”

BF

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Acronym for “boyfriend.” Usually used in text conversations rather than saying out loud.
  • Example: “I asked Mike to be my BF this weekend. Unfortunately, he rejected me. ☹

Boo

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another gender neutral term for a romantic partner.
  • Example: “He’s my boo.”

Boy Toy

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A somewhat derogatory way to refer to a man you’re in a casual relationship with. You probably wouldn’t want to call him this to his face.
  • Example: “I’ve been seeing my new boy toy for a couple weeks now.”

Boyf

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Shortened way of saying “boyfriend.”
  • Example: “I spend last night at the boyf’s house.”

Boyfy

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another shortened way of saying “boyfriend.” This one is a bit cutesier than saying boyf, but can be used similarly.

D

Daddy

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A sexually charged word that can be used to refer to a male partner. You don’t have to use it solely for someone you’re dating; it can be used to refer to a dominant male sexual partner you don’t have an official relationship with.
  • Example: “I have his name on my phone as daddy…but don’t tell my real dad about that!”

F

Flame

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Archaic and old-fashioned word used to describe a romantic relationship. Can be applied to a man or woman.
  • Example: “Juan is an old flame of mine that I’ve been seeing for years.”

H

Hobeau

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A play on the words “hobo” and “beau.” You can apply this term to a boyfriend who’s lacking in the hygiene department.
  • Example: “My hobeau only showers once a week.”

Honey

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another gender-neutral term that you can use in a conversation with your boyfriend or to point him out. Use it similarly to “bae” or “boo.”

Hubby

Meaning:

  • (Noun): An abbreviation of the word “husband.” While this is usually reserved for husbands, it is also becoming increasingly more common to use this word when talking to or about a long-term boyfriend.
  • Example: “Jake is pretty much my hubby, since we’ve been together for seven years and counting.”

M

My Man

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A phrase that you can use to reference your boyfriend in conversations with other people. It has a slightly more possessive, territorial connotation to it.
  • Example: “That’s my man. Back off.”

P

Papi

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Affectionate Spanish word for “father,” but it’s treated kind of like “daddy” with Spanish speakers. You can also refer to your boyfriend or husband this way. Treat it like how you would use “my man.”

Partner

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A gender neutral term that’s popular in the LGBTQ+ community. You can apply this to boyfriends or girlfriends that you’re in a serious, committed relationship with.
  • Example: “I live with my partner, Jack.”

S

Significant Other/SO

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Gender neutral term to be applied to committed romantic partners. Use this one similarly to how you would use “partner.”

Squeeze

Meaning:

  • (Noun): Another gender neutral phrase. Usually, you say “main squeeze” to refer to someone you prioritize over any other romantic prospects.
  • Example: “I’ve been going out with my main squeeze for three months now.”

T

The Mister

Meaning:

  • (Noun): A way to refer to either boyfriends or husbands. You use this when you are talking about them, not to them.
  • Example: “I’m picking up some food for the mister right now to cheer him up.”

Wrap Up  

Our other halves in romantic relationships are vital people in our lives, regardless of their gender. It’s little surprise to us that there are so many words for boyfriend, given how many people have boyfriends around the world.

But boyfriends are far from the only important figures in our lives. Friends are also a necessity, and we’ve got a list of slang words for friends that you can try out, too!

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